Tribal theory in Native American literature: Dakota and Haudenosaunee writing and indigenous worldviews

Book Cover
Average Rating
University of Nebraska Press,
Pub. Date:
Scholars and readers continue to wrestle with how best to understand and appreciate the wealth of oral and written literatures created by the Native communities of North America. Are critical frameworks developed by non-Natives applicable across cultures, or do they reinforce colonialist power and perspectives? Is it appropriate and useful to downplay tribal differences and instead generalize about Native writing and storytelling as a whole? Focusing on Dakota writers and storytellers, Seneca critic Penelope Myrtle Kelsey offers a penetrating assessment of theory and interpretation in indigenous literary criticism in the twenty-first century. Tribal Theory in Native American Literature delineates a method for formulating a Native-centered theory or, more specifically, a use of tribal languages and their concomitant knowledges to derive a worldview or an equivalent to Western theory that is emic to indigenous worldviews. These theoretical frameworks can then be deployed to create insightful readings of Native American texts. Kelsey demonstrates this approach with a fresh look at early Dakota writers, including Marie McLaughlin, Charles Eastman, and Zitkala-Ša and later storytellers such as Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Ella Deloria, and Philip Red Eagle. This book raises the provocative issue of how Native languages and knowledges were historically excluded from the study of Native American literature and how their encoding in early Native American texts destabilized colonial processes. Cogently argued and well researched, Tribal Theory in Native American Literature sets an agenda for indigenous literary criticism and invites scholars to confront the worlds behind the literatures that they analyze.
More Details
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID f26fbd6e-22e2-4ba1-5ef9-50d29cb26d48
full_title tribal theory in native american literature dakota and haudenosaunee writing and indigenous worldvie
author kelsey penelope myrtle
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:50AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Kelsey, Penelope Myrtle.
author2-role NetLibrary, Inc.
author_display Kelsey, Penelope Myrtle
detailed_location_arlington EBSCOhost
format_arlington eBook
format_category_arlington eBook
id f26fbd6e-22e2-4ba1-5ef9-50d29cb26d48
isbn 9780803218543
item_details external_econtent:ils:.b13228869||EBSCOhost|Online|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|EBSCOhost||||Available Online||q||
itype_arlington eCollection
lexile_score -1
literary_form Other
literary_form_full Other
local_callnumber_arlington Online
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library Online, Aurora Hills Online, Central Online, Cherrydale Online, Columbia Pike Online, Connection Crystal City Online, Detention Center Online, Glencarlyn Online, Local History Online, Plaza Online, Shirlington Online, Westover Online
primary_isbn 9780803218543
publishDate 2008
record_details external_econtent:ils:.b13228869|eBook|eBook||English|University of Nebraska Press,|c2008.|175 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington external_econtent:ils:.b13228869||Available Online|Available Online|false|true|false|false|false|true||||
title_display Tribal theory in Native American literature Dakota and Haudenosaunee writing and indigenous worldviews
title_full Tribal theory in Native American literature [electronic resource] : Dakota and Haudenosaunee writing and indigenous worldviews / Penelope Myrtle Kelsey
title_short Tribal theory in Native American literature
title_sub Dakota and Haudenosaunee writing and indigenous worldviews