Red Land, Red Power: Grounding Knowledge in the American Indian Novel (BOK)

Sean Kicummah Teuton

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In lucid narrative prose, Sean Kicummah Teuton studies the stirring literature of "Red Power," an era of Native American organizing that began in 1969 and expanded into the 1970s. Teuton challenges those who claim that Red Power thinking relied on romantic longings for a pure Indigenous past and culture. He shows instead that the movement engaged historical memory and oral tradition to produce more enabling knowledge of American Indian lives and possibilities. Looking to these historical moments and the literature that grew from them, Teuton develops an alternative "tribal realist" critical perspective to allow for more nuanced analyses of Native writing. In this approach, "knowledge" is not the unattainable product of disinterested observation. Rather it is a revisable, communally mediated product, created in a context that is self-reflexive and openly engaged with the world. Teuton enlarges the concepts of Indigenous identity and tribal experience as mediated and intertwined sources of insight to a shared world. While engaging a wide spectrum of Native American writing, Teuton focuses on three of the most canonized and, he argues, most misread, novels of the era - N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn (1968), James Welch's Winter in the Blood (1974), and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony (1977). Through his readings, he demonstrates the utility of tribal realism as an interpretive framework for explaining social transformation in Indian Country during the Red Power era and today. Such changes, were forged through a process of political awakening that grew from Indians' engagement with tribal lands and oral traditions, the body and imprisonment, in literature and in life.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2008 Forfatter Sean Kicummah Teuton
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822342410
Antall sider 312 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23,3cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 435 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Indigenous peoples