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How can a square peg fit into a round hole? It can't. How can a door be unlocked with a pencil? It can't. How can Native literature be read applying conventional postmodern literary criticism? It can't.<P>That is Craig Womack's argument in Red on Red. Indian communities have their own intellectual and cultural traditions that are well equipped to analyze Native literary production. These traditions should be the eyes through which the texts are viewed. To analyze a Native text with the methods currently dominant in the academy, according to the author, is like studying the stars with a magnifying glass.<P>In an unconventional and piercingly humorous appeal, Womack creates a dialogue between essays on Native literature and fictional letters from Creek characters who comment on the essays. Through this conceit, Womack demonstrates an alternative approach to American Indian literature, with the letters serving as a "Creek chorus" that offers answers to the questions raised in his more traditional essays. Topics range from a comparison of contemporary oral versions of Creek stories and the translations of those stories dating back to the early twentieth century, to a queer reading of Cherokee author Lynn Riggs's play The Cherokee Night.<P>Womack argues that the meaning of works by native peoples inevitably changes through evaluation by the dominant culture. Red on Red is a call for self-determination on the part of Native writers and a demonstration of an important new approach to studying Native works — one that engages not only the literature, but also the community from which the work grew.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-318) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816630233
Author:
Womack, Craig S.
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Location:
Minneapolis :
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Indians in literature
Subject:
American - Native American
Subject:
Group identity in literature
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Intellectual life.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
GTR-7
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 5.88 x 0.7 in

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