Learn, Teach, Challenge
Approaching Indigenous Literatures
Paper 485 pp.
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This is a collection of classic and newly commissioned essays about
the study of Indigenous literatures in North America. The contributing
scholars include some of the most venerable Indigenous theorists,
among them Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe), Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan),
Craig Womack (Creek), Kimberley Blaeser (Anishinaabe), Emma LaRocque
(Métis), Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee), Janice Acoose (Saulteaux),
and Jo-Ann Episkenew (Métis). Also included are settler scholars
foundational to the field, including Helen Hoy, Margery Fee, and Renate
Eigenbrod. Among the newer voices are both settler and Indigenous
theorists such as Sam McKegney, Keavy Martin, and Niigaanwewidam Sinclair.
The volume is organized into five subject areas: Position, the necessity of considering where you come from and who you are; Imagining Beyond Images and Myths, a history and critique of circulating images of Indigenousness; Debating Indigenous Literary Approaches; Contemporary Concerns, a consideration of relevant issues; and finally Classroom Considerations, pedagogical concerns particular to the field. Each section is introduced by an essay that orients the reader and provides ideological context. While anthologies of literary criticism have focused on specific issues related to this burgeoning field, this volume is the first to offer comprehensive perspectives on the subject.
Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is an associate professor in the Departments of First Nations Studies and English at Simon Fraser University. She serves as editor for the Indigenous Studies series at WLU Press and was one of the founding members of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association. She teaches and publishes on Indigenous theory, life writing, pop fiction, and gender and sexuality.
Linda M. Morra is a full professor in the English Department at Bishop’s University and the forthcoming Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies at UCD (2016-2017). She and Deanna Reder co-edited Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations (WLU Press, 2010). Her most recent book, Unarrested Archives: Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Women’s Authorship (2014), was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Award. Canada.
By the same editor
Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations, Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra, editors
Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives, Linda M. Morra and Jessica Schagerl, editors
Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, Daniel Heath Justice