Transatlantic Voices: Interpretations of Native North American Literatures

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Elvira Pulitano
U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 337 pages
A 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 - these essays chart the course of theories of Native literature, and delineate the crosscurrents in the history of Native literature studies.

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Contents

From Early Fiction to Recent Directions
63
Trauma Memory and Narratives of Healing
109
Comparative Mythologies Transatlantic Journeys
171
Contributors
289
Index
295
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About the author (2007)

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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