Plural Sovereignties and Contemporary Indigenous Literature

Hardcover | April 15, 2009

byStuart Christie

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The indigenous experience of Anglo-European nationality has a long and violent history. Yet over time, the imposition of an originally “foreign” nationality onto indigenous communities has produced, for some American Indians and Native Canadians, a potent vision of sovereign plurality in the indigenous imagining. Offering close and compelling readings of novels by Sherman Alexie, Jeanette Armstrong, A. A. Carr, Louise Erdrich, Thomas King, Louis Owens, Leslie M. Silko, James Welch, and Gerald Vizenor, Plural Sovereignties and Contemporary Indigenous Literature documents the reinvention of Anglo-European nationality in the interests of sustaining indigenous traditions.

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The indigenous experience of Anglo-European nationality has a long and violent history. Yet over time, the imposition of an originally “foreign” nationality onto indigenous communities has produced, for some American Indians and Native Canadians, a potent vision of sovereign plurality in the indigenous imagining. Offering close and com...

Stuart Christie is Associate Professor of English at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is the author of Worlding Forster: The Passage from Pastoral and articles on literary modernism, the contemporary indigenous novel, and east-west literary relations.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.57 × 5.6 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023061342X

ISBN - 13:9780230613423

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“In a series of subtle but incisive engagements with major works of contemporary Native American and Canadian fiction, Christie develops a vision of the ‘shared sovereign horizon’ they offer their readership that is all the more compelling for its combination of informed astuteness, self-exacting critical humility, and full acknowledgment of these novelists’ awareness of the challenges posed for cultural survival in post-Columbia North America.”--Lawrence Buell, Harvard University “This is a liberating work of scholarship of hemispheric proportions; well researched and well written, it offers reconsideration of classic works in the canon, and astute readings of authors whose work has moved the canon into the new millennium.”--John Purdy, Editor, American Review of Canadian Studies; Editor Emeritus, Studies in American Indian Literatures “Christie’s rich cross-weaving of law and literature produces exciting, provocative, and far-reaching readings of how contemporary Native and First Nations novels document ‘plural sovereignties.’ Its nimble negotiation of multiple discourses of indigenous sovereignty offers a compelling model of contemporary Native literary analysis.”--Susan Bernardin, SUNY Oneonta “Christie’s analysis of plural sovereignties in contemporary indigenous literature is a well-documented and insightful study, providing an impetus for constructing (in the words of Harold Cardinal) ‘a bridge of understanding between two worlds that exist as separate realities.’”--Ginny Carney, Interim President, Leech Lake Tribal College "Christie offers fresh but informed theory regarding indigenous identities and applies that theory in close critical readings of selecteed contemporary indigenous writers . . . Recommended."--Choice