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Frontmatter

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Contents

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Introductions

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pp. vii-xvii

There is a statement I kept coming across in ethnographies of Native American stories years ago while doing research: "No one ever did this to me before." Often it is the utterance of a monster, sometimes one about to get its comeuppance. It's a simple thing, but the line has...

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1. THE 1970s

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pp. 1-43

The three authors discussed in this chapter—N. Scott Momaday, James Welch, and Leslie Marmon Silko—are prominent in contemporary Native American literatures. Certainly, during the last three decades of the twentieth century they garnered a great deal of critical attention. ...

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2. THE 1980s

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pp. 45-128

The 1980s saw a growing interest in Native literatures. Besides the authors discussed in the first chapter, others who had been equally prominent in Native writers' circles—some for decades—found new readers for their work. It would be difficult to name them all, unfortunately. ...

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3. THE 1990s

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pp. 129-187

In the last decade of the twentieth century the canon and numbers of authors continued to grow. Yet another generation emerged to extend what had been accomplished and to increase Native artists' presence in other genres and media. Filmmakers such as Victor Masayesva in the late...

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4. The New Millennium and Its Origins

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pp. 189-246

Since the 1970s critical studies about Native fiction abound. Most notably to date, Louis Owens's Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel does a fine job of exploring and discovering the major issues in the fiction written by Natives, and its coverage extends into the 1990s. ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 247-251

We come to books down and from a variety of avenues, of backgrounds and experiences. Mine do not replicate yours; however, we do, as humans, often share points of connectivity in the things we have seen and experienced: not always, but often enough that we can each reach...

Source Acknowledgments

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pp. 253-254

Notes

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pp. 255-263

Works Cited

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pp. 265-272

Index

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pp. 273-282