Sherman Alexie: A Collection of Critical Essays

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Jeff Berglund, Jan Roush
University of Utah Press, Oct 31, 2011 - Literary Collections - 344 pages

Sherman Alexie is, by many accounts, the most widely read American Indian writer in the United States and likely in the world. A literary polymath, Alexie's nineteen published books span a variety of genres and include his most recent National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Now, for the first time, a volume of critical essays is devoted to Alexie's work both in print and on the big screen. Editors Jeff Berglund and Jan Roush have assembled twelve leading scholars of American Indian literature to provide new perspectives on a writer with his finger on the pulse of America.

Interdisciplinary in their approach to Alexie's work, these essays cover the writer's entire career, and are insightful and accessible to scholars and lay readers alike. This volume is a worthy companion to the work of one of our nations's most recognized contemporary voices.

 

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Contents

The Ghost Dance as Pantribal Metaphor in Sherman Alexies Writing Lisa Tatonetti
1
Sherman Alexies Dark Humor Philip Heldrich
25
Silence and Language in Sherman Alexies The Trial of Thomas BuildstheFire Elizabeth Archuleta
44
4 Rock and Roll Redskins and Blues in Sherman Alexies Work P Jane Hafen
62
Making Cinematic Indians in Smoke Signals James H Cox
74
6 Native Sensibility and the Significance of Women in Smoke Signals Angelica Lawson
95
7 The Distinctive Sonority of Sherman Alexies Indigenous Poetics Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez
107
8 The Poetics of Tribalism in Sherman Alexies The Summer of Black Widows Nancy J Peterson
134
Captivity and the Urban Wilderness in Indian Killer Meredith James
171
SexGender Variability Indianness and Intimacy in Sherman Alexies The Toughest Indian in the World Stephen F Evans
186
12 Sherman Alexies Transformation of Ten Little Indians Margaret OShaughnessey
212
13 Healing the Soul Wound in Flight and The Absolutely True Diary of a PartTime Indian Jan Johnson
224
Sherman Alexies Meditations on Authorship Jeff Berglund
241
Contributors
265
Bibliography
269
Index
293

9 Sherman Alexies Challenge to the Academys Teaching of Native American Literature NonNative Writers and Critics Patrice Hollrah
159

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Jeff Berglund is an associate professor of English at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of Cannibal Fictions: American Explorations of Colonialism, Race, Gender, and Sexuality.; Jan Roush is an associate professor of English at Utah State University. She is the author of Pulling Leather: Being the Early Recollections of a Cowboy on the Wyoming Range, 1884-1889.

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