Toward a Native American Critical Theory
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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I would like to thank Paula Gunn Allen, Robert Warrior, Craig Womack, Greg Sarris, Louis Owens, and Gerald Vizenor, whose works allowed me to shape ideas for this book. I have gained enormously from Louis Owens’s scholarship on Native American literature...
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One of the assumptions most frequently made about critical theory is that it is the elite language of the socially and culturally privileged. Attacks against such a monolithic, hegemonic form of discourse...
1. Back to a Woman-Centered Universe: The Gynosophical Perspective of Paula Gunn Allen’s Critical Narratives
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In the past few decades, writings by many women of color have been marked by a desire to resist and resignify dominant modes of theorizing, arguing for the necessity of creating teorías relevant to the lives of women of color rather than passively accepting the theories...
2. Intellectual Sovereignty and Red Stick Theory: The Nativist Approach of Robert Allen Warrior and Craig S. Womack
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At the “Translating Native Cultures” conference, held at Yale University in February 1998, the Santee Sioux writer and critic Elizabeth Cook-Lynn delivered a passionate keynote address significantly drawing a line between those whom she described as being on the right...
3. Crossreading Texts, Bridging Cultures: The Dialogic Approach of Greg Sarris and Louis Owens
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In his pivotal work on the poetics of Native American oral traditions, Dell Hymes reinterprets a Chinook story that he first analyzed in 1968. In this story, a girl is trying to tell her mother unsettling but crucial news that will affect them both, but, intent on maintaining...
4. Liberative Stories and Strategies of Survivance: Gerald Vizenor’s Trickster Hermeneutics
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In Vizenor’s secular version of the Anishinaabe creation story, Wenebojo, the earthdiver (and trickster figure), brings up five grains of sand from the water to form the earth, which is made on the back...
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In Louis Owens’s The Sharpest Sight, Uncle Luther warns the protagonist about the risks, for an individual, of forgetting his stories: “You see, a man’s got to know the stories of his people...
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Publication Year: 2003