Notebooks of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

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University of Arizona Press, 2007 - Literary Collections - 194 pages
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An eclectic collection of poetry, prose, and politics, Notebooks of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn is a text, a narrative, a song, a story, a history, a testimony, a witnessing. Above all, it is a fiercely intelligent, brave, and sobering work that re-examines and interrogates our nationŐs past and the distorted way that its history has been written. In topics including recent debates over issues of environmental justice, the contradictions surrounding the Crazy Horse Monument, and the contemporary portrayal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as one of the great American epic odysseys, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn stitches together a patchwork of observations of racially charged cultural materials, personal experiences, and contemporary characterizations of this countryŐs history and social climate. Through each example, she challenges the status quo and piques the readerŐs awareness of persistent abuses of indigenous communities. The voices that Cook-Lynn brings to the texts are as varied as the genres in which she writes. They are astute and lyrical, fierce and heartbreaking. Through these intonations, she maintains a balance between her roles as a scholar and a poet, a popular teacher and a woman who has experienced deep personal loss. A unique blend of form and content that traverses time, space, and purpose, this collection is a thoroughly original contribution to modern American Indian literature. Moreover, it presents an alternative narrative of the nationŐs history and opens an important window into the political challenges that Natives continue to face.
 

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Contents

The Inadequacy of Literary Art
17
People who read my work 3
31
OmnipresenceThunder
71
Going Away
91
Democracy in 2002 and the Free Press
105
A Commutative Poem about Graduate School
116
The Way It Is
129
Restless Spirit
142
Must We Go to Delphi ?
155
There is a man
158
What is a feminist?
171
In Defense of Politics and Ethical Criticism
186
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Elizabeth Cook-Lynn is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Fort Thompson, and lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Since her retirement from Eastern Washington University, she has been a visiting professor and consultant in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, and at Arizona State University in Tempe, and a writer-in-residence at several universities.

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