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Sovereignty Serving Selves

In this review, I look at three recent publications from the University of Oklahoma Press by Joshua B. Nelson, David J. Carlson, and Julie L. Reed, whose respective monographs demonstrate novel critical approaches to the study of Indigenous literature and history in the US context. I outline the contours of these critics’ respective interventions into the scholarly paradigms that have come to dominate Indigenous literary studies (Nelson), the emergent discourse of sovereignty at the intersection of law and literature (Carlson), and the value of analyzing historical documents from within a tribal worldview (Reed). Read together, these three texts provide a glimpse into some of the most current debates in the field of Indigenous studies in the humanities and social sciences.