Chapter 37. Contemporary Native American Fiction as Resistance Literature

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Arnold Krupat1 and
  2. Michael A. Elliott Professor2

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch37

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Krupat, A. and Elliott, M. A. (2010) Contemporary Native American Fiction as Resistance Literature, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch37

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Sarah Lawrence College, USA

  2. 2

    Emory University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • contemporary Native American fiction as resistance literature;
  • literature of the United States - as multiculturally constituted, contemporary Native American literature in relation to African-American, Hispanic, or Asian-American literatures;
  • work of three contemporary authors, Leslie Marmon Silko, Linda Hogan, and Gerald Vizenor - force of anticolonial imagination at work in Native American fiction;
  • Almanac's clear awareness of history - turning “the Pueblos into reservations under colonial regime of federal Indian law”;
  • Linda's Hogan's three novels - Mean Spirit (1990), Solar Storms (1995), and Power (1998);
  • Gerald Vizenor's playful erasure - of the divide between the real and the fantastic, his penchant for creating self-referential fictional worlds;
  • Vizenor's fictional works, attempts to articulate social spaces - compassion, humor and imagination;
  • The Heirs of Columbus (1991) - combining Vizenor's evisceration of tragic racialism with institutional invention;
  • forces threatening existence of Point Assinika - the anticolonial project of twenty-first-century American Indians, much of a challenge

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Notes

  • References and Further Reading