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Examines Indian boarding school narratives and their impact on the Native literary tradition from 1879 to the present

Indian boarding schools were the lynchpins of a federally sponsored system of forced assimilation. These schools, located off-reservation, took Native children from their families and tribes for years at a time in an effort to “kill” their tribal cultures, languages, and religions. In Learning to Write “Indian,” Amelia V. Katanski investigates the impact of the Indian boarding school experience on the American Indian literary tradition through an examination of turn-of-the-century student essays and autobiographies as well as contemporary plays, novels, and poetry.

Many recent books have focused on the Indian boarding school experience. Among these Learning to Write “Indian” is unique in that it looks at writings about the schools as literature, rather than as mere historical evidence.

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Katanski (English, Kalamazoo College) investigates the rich supply of student essays and autobiographies from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, shedding light on the methods employed for assimilating American Indian children and the results. She begins by developing a theory of boarding school literature and the idea of the representative Indian, and then shows how students wrote to make educators respond and created complex devices of rebellion not only in their school essays but in their personal writing and later professional work. She closes by comparing the boarding school repertoire to the American Indian literary tradition. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Katanski investigates the impact of the Indian boarding school experience on the American Indian literary tradition through an examination of turn-of-the century student essays and autobiographies as well as contemporary plays, novels, and poetry. This unique volume, with 13 b&w illustrations, looks at writings about the schools as literature, rather than historical evidence.

Synopsis:

Examines Indian boarding school narratives and their impact on the Native literary tradition from 1879 to the present

About the Author

Amelia V. Katanski is Associate Professor of English at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806138527
Author:
Katanski, Amelia V.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
American - Native American
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 bandw illus.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in 0.9 lb

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