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In Bone Light, Orlando White's debut volume, he explores the English language from a Diné (Navajo) perspective. He invites us to imagine that we, as a people—all people in this imaginary country called the United States—are speaking an Indigenous language and that the English language exists merely as a remnant of the colonial past. Despite its tenuous existence in this re-imagined present, English remains a danger to Indigenous thought, as it threatens to impose an alien worldview through its vocabulary and syntactical maneuvers. Historically, English was used by non-Natives to document Indigenous cultures; against this historical backdrop, White also writes to document, but he works to create something more beautiful than harmful. He does not attempt a critique of the English language; he works with it and against it to gain a better understanding of its peculiarities and limits, creating a relationship through these sometimes humorous, sometimes irreverent acts of exploration. Throughout Bone Light, Orlando White approaches the English language as if he has just encountered it, as if it were a mysterious set of symbols. Focusing on the particles of the language, the punctuation marks, the letters, the spaces between words, he turns them a while in his hand like strange inexplicable artifacts from a lost world, then sets to work, refashioning them into something he can use.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontispiece
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. To See Letters
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Sentence
  2. p. 15
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  1. The i is a Cricket
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Bone Light
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Fill in the Blank
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Ats’íísts’in
  2. p. 22
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  1. Light Bulb Eye
  2. p. 23
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  1. Dissolve
  2. p. 24
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  1. Circle Shape
  2. p. 25
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  1. Open Dark
  2. p. 26
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  1. Bleach Ink
  2. p. 27
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  1. Human Clock
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. From Skin to Bone
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Blank Circle
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. On the Zero’s Eye
  2. p. 34
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  1. Skin of a Letter
  2. p. 35
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  1. Skeleton
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Square Lips
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Imperative
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. Images of Myself
  2. p. 43
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  1. Bone Milk
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Blank Skull
  2. p. 46
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  1. Analogy
  2. p. 47
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  1. Lower Case i and j
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. i Without j
  2. p. 50
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  1. i Next to j
  2. p. 51
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  1. i-j
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Ars Poetica
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Discourse
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. Dot Fly
  2. p. 58
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  1. Meditation
  2. p. 59
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  1. Quietus
  2. p. 60
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  1. Writ
  2. p. 61
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781597093781
Related ISBN
9781597091350
MARC Record
OCLC
867795093
Pages
64
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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