Transatlantic Voices: Interpretations of Native North American Literatures

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Elvira Pulitano
University of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
Transatlantic Voices is the first collection of critical essays by European scholars on contemporary Native North American literatures. Devoted to the primary genres of Native  literature—fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry—the essays chart the course of recent theories of Native literature, delineate the crosscurrents in the history of Native literature studies, and probe specific themes of trauma and memory as well as changing mythologies. These essays also incorporate incipient transnational and transcultural methodologies in their approach to Native North American writing.   Blending western critical approaches—from cultural studies to postcolonialism and trauma theory—with indigenous epistemological perspectives, the contributors to Transatlantic Voices advocate “the inescapable hybridity and intermixture of ideas” proposed by Paul Gilroy in his study of black diasporic identity. Native North American writers forcefully suggest that the study of American ethnicities in the twenty-first century can no longer be confined to the borders of the United States. Given the increasing transnational aspect of American studies, a collection such as Transatlantic Voices, presenting scholars from countries as diverse as Germany, France, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Finland, offers a timely contribution to such border crossing in scholarship and writing. 

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Contents

Some Doubts
3
The Function of History
24
The Case
44
Copyright

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Elvira Pulitano is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at California Polytechnic State University. She is the author of Toward a Native American Critical Theory (Nebraska 2003).   Contributors: Helmbrecht Breinig, Brigitte Georgi-Findlay, Kathryn Napier Gray, Ulla Haselstein, Hartwig Isernhagen, Yonka Krasteva, A. Robert Lee, Deborah L. Madsen, Simone Pellerin, Gaetano Prampolini, Elvira Pulitano, Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Mark Shackleton, Paul Beekman Taylor, and Rebecca Tillett.

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