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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Introduction: Two-Spirit Histories

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pp. ix-xxii

The Queerness of Native American Literature is meant to function as both literary map and critical lens. On one hand, its analyses work to expand the archive, while on another, they endeavor to provide new ways of seeing. At its center, this study hinges on links among...

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1. A Genealogy of Queer Native Literatures

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pp. 1-27

This chapter steps into a vibrant, ongoing conversation about queer images and texts in Native American and Aboriginal literatures. In some ways, we can read this conversation as having been ongoing since time immemorial—perhaps picking up from the drawings of multiply...

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2. The Native 1970s: Maurice Kenny and Fag Rag

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pp. 28-66

In the summer of 2009, I sat at a painfully ancient microfilm machine, whirring through rolls of film, searching for traces of twentieth-century Native literary history in what, at first glance, might appear to be unlikely collections. The microfilm room was located directly in the path of the college...

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3. Queer Relationships and Two-Spirit Characters in Louise Erdrich’s Novels

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pp. 67-118

The first two chapters expanded the canon of Native literature and Two-Spirit studies by undertaking, respectively, a broad and a specific recovery of queer Native literature and history. The queer Indigenous genealogy of chapter 1 argues for narrative of affiliation by reading across...

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4. Forced to Choose: Queer Indigeneity in Film

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pp. 119-143

In this chapter’s epigraph, Paula Gunn Allen suggests that definitions— or, more specifically, the circulation of particular forms of imagistic discourse—matter to Indigenous people and, I would add, to Indigenous studies. This chapter begins, then, with a question that follows her contention...

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5. Indigenous Assemblage and Queer Diasporas in the Work of Janice Gould

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pp. 144-173

Together, the Introduction and the first four chapters of The Queerness of Native American Literature undertake multiple forms of recovery—the genealogical, the archival, and the thematic—and forward an expansive map of relationship(s). Chapter 5 furthers this story...

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Conclusion: Two-Spirit Futures

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pp. 174-182

This study began by looking at moments that attempt—but never quite manage—to sever queerness from Indigeneity, arguing that when we examine queer Native literature and theory more closely, we find a map of complex relationship(s). That argument moves and develops across the...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 183-186

This book was a long time coming, so I have many thanks to extend. First, to my family, Edna Tatonetti; Nancy, Robert, and Matthew Lear; Judy, Mike, and Timmy Conner; Dan Tatonetti; Cam, Debbie, Jason, and Josh Tatonetti; and Cara, Dave, and Emma Pavek, your love sustains...

Notes

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pp. 187-224

Bibliography

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pp. 225-256

Index

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pp. 257-279