Indi'n Humor : Bicultural Play in Native America: Bicultural Play in Native America (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Nov 11, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 416 pages
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Drawing upon history, psychology, folklore, linguistics, anthropology, and the arts, this book challenges "wooden Indian" stereotypes to redefine negative attitudes and humorless approaches to Native American peoples. Moving from tribal culture to interethnic literature, Lincoln covers the traditional Trickster of origin myths, historical ironies, Euroamericans "playing Indian," feminist Indian humor at home, contemporary painters and playwrights reinventing Coyote, popular mixed-blood music and Red English, and three Native American novelists, Louise Erdrich, James Welch, and N. Scott Momaday. Indi'n Humor documents and interprets the contexts of laughter among Native Americans, as they see and are seen by the rest of the world. The study comes to focus comically on the poets, visual artists, playwrights, and novelists who make up the cultural renaissance of the past twenty years.
  

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Contents

Preamble
3
RedWhite American
21
Historical Slippage
58
Playing Indian
89
Old Tricks New Twists
120
Feminist Indins
171
Louise Erdrich
205
James Welch
254
Momaday and Norman
280
Coda
309
Appendix A Reservation Jokes
315
Appendix B Teaching Indin Humor
323
Notes
339
Selected Bibliography
351
A Bibliography
374
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