American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions by ERIC GARY ANDERSONAmerican Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions by ERIC GARY ANDERSON

American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions


Paperback | January 1, 1999

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Culture-to-culture encounters between "natives" and "aliens" have gone on for centuries in the American Southwest—among American Indian tribes, between American Indians and Euro-Americans, and even, according to some, between humans and extraterrestrials at Roswell, New Mexico. Drawing on a wide range of cultural productions including novels, films, paintings, comic strips, and historical studies, this groundbreaking book explores the Southwest as both a real and a culturally constructed site of migration and encounter, in which the very identities of "alien" and "native" shift with each act of travel.

Eric Anderson pursues his inquiry through an unprecedented range of cultural texts. These include the Roswell spacecraft myths, Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, Wendy Rose's poetry, the outlaw narratives of Billy the Kid, Apache autobiographies by Geronimo and Jason Betzinez, paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, New West history by Patricia Nelson Limerick, Frank Norris' McTeague, Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain, Sarah Winnemucca's Life Among the Piutes, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, George Herriman's modernist comic strip Krazy Kat, and A. A. Carr's Navajo-vampire novel Eye Killers.

Eric Gary Anderson is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University, where he teaches American and Native American literatures.
Title:American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and DispositionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:239 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.77 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292704887

ISBN - 13:9780292704886

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Migration and Displacement in the American Southwest
  • Chapter One. Mobile Homes: Migration and Resistance in American Indian Literature
  • Chapter Two. Unsettling Frontiers: Billy the Kid and the Outlaw Southwest
  • Chapter Three. Outlawing Apaches: Geronimo and Jason Betzinez
  • Chapter Four. Photography as Resistance in Almanac of the Dead
  • Chapter Five. Indian Detours, or, Where the Indians Aren't: Management and Preservation in the Euro-American Southwest
  • Chapter Six. Driven to Extraction: McTeague in the Desert
  • Chapter Seven. Mary Austin, Sarah Winnemucca, and the Problems of Authority
  • Chapter Eight. Cleaning out the House: Tom Outland, Dead Indians, and the First World War
  • Chapter Nine. Krazy Kat I: Contexts and Crossings
  • Chapter Ten. Krazy Kat II: Navajo Aesthetics
  • Conclusion. Cross-Purposes and Purposeful Crossings

Editorial Reviews

"I know of no other book that ranges as widely over the field of the 'Southwest,' understood as an aesthetic construct.... At its best (which is almost always), Anderson's writing is lively, witty, engaging, provocative, readable." - Robert M. Nelson, Professor of English, University of Richmond