The Poetry and Poetics of Gerald Vizenor

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Deborah L. Madsen
UNM Press, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 253 pages


The first book devoted exclusively to the poetry and literary aesthetics of one of Native America’s most accomplished writers, this collection of essays brings together detailed critical analyses of single texts and individual poetry collections from diverse theoretical perspectives, along with comparative discussions of Vizenor’s related works. Contributors discuss Vizenor’s philosophy of poetic expression, his innovations in diverse poetic genres, and the dynamic interrelationships between Vizenor’s poetry and his prose writings.


Throughout his poetic career Vizenor has returned to common tropes, themes, and structures. Indeed, it is difficult to distinguish clearly his work in poetry from his prose, fiction, and drama. The essays gathered in this collection offer powerful evidence of the continuing influence of Anishinaabe dream songs and the haiku form in Vizenor’s novels, stories, and theoretical essays; this influence is most obvious at the level of grammatical structure and imagistic composition but can also be discerned in terms of themes and issues to which Vizenor continues to return.

 

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Contents

The Language of Borders the Borders of Language in Gerald Vizenors Poetry
1
It may be revolutionary in character The Progress a New Tribal Hermeneutics and the Literary Reexpression of the Anishinaabe Oral Tradition in Su...
23
Flying Gerald Vizenor Home in Words and Myths Or How to Translate His Poetry into Catalan
43
Almost California Returning to Elemental Vizenor
63
Vizenors Life Studies Revisioning Survivance in Almost Ashore
80
Gaps Immediacy and the Deconstruction of Epistemological Categories The Impact of Gerald Vizenors Poetry on His Prose
98
Enriching Prose with Haiku Poetics
113
Reinventing the Nature of Language The Poetics of Gerald Vizenors Prose
135
Vizenors Elegies on a Red Squirrel
184
Theres a Hole in the Day The Third Infantry and Vizenors Bear Island The War at Sugar Point
196
Being Embedded Gerald Vizenors Bear Island The War at Sugar Point
205
The Question of Nationalism Sovereign Aesthetics in Bear Island
223
Contributors
242
Index
247
Back Cover
254
Copyright

Compassion is learned Of Squirrels and Men in Vizenors Poetry and Prose
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About the author (2012)

Deborah L. Madsen is professor of American literature and culture at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Among her earlier books is Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (University of New Mexico Press).

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