Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction By Native American Women

Paperback | March 12, 2008

EditorHertha D. Wong, Lauren Stuart Muller, Jana Sequoya Magdaleno

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Unlike most anthologies that present a single story from many writers, this volume offers an in-depth sampling of two or three stories by a select number of both famous and emergent Native women writers. Here you will find much-loved stories (many made easily accessible for the first time)and vibrant new stories by such well-known contemporary Native American writers as Paula Gunn Allen, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Marmon Silko as well as the fresh voices of emergent writers such as Reid Gomez and Beth Piatote. Although diverse in style, language, and tone, all of these stories are reckonings with the brutal history of colonization and its ongoing consequences: they reveal Native epistemologies; testify to historic wrongs; and insist upon an accounting. A reckoning requires diving inward andresurfacing with new insights. These stories share an understanding of Native women's lives in their various modes of loss and struggle, resistance and acceptance, and rage and compassion, ultimately highlighting the individual and collective will to endure. These contemporary stories reflectcycles--mythic cycles, life cycles, cycles of resistance, and healing cycles--that insure Native survival. These are the stories told and retold by Native women who refuse to be silenced. Their collection celebrates survival and provides readers with an essential new resource.

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Unlike most anthologies that present a single story from many writers, this volume offers an in-depth sampling of two or three stories by a select number of both famous and emergent Native women writers. Here you will find much-loved stories (many made easily accessible for the first time)and vibrant new stories by such well-known con...

Hertha D. Sweet Wong is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Sending My Heart Back Across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography; editor of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: A Casebook; and co-editor with John Elder of Family of Earth and Sky: Indi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.9 inPublished:March 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195109252

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Paula Gunn Allen "Burned Alive in the Blues", "Deer Woman"Beth E. Brant "Turtle Gal", "Swimming Upstream"Diane Glancy "minimal ndian", "Stamp Dance", "An American Proverb"Anna Lee Walters "Buffalo Wallow Woman", "Las Vegas, New Mexico July 1969", "Apparitions"Janet Campbell Hale "Claire"Linda Hogan "Descent", "Bush's Mourning Feast"Leslie Marmon Silko "Storyteller","Mistaken Identity"/"Old Pancakes"Patricia Riley "Damping Down the Road", "Wisteria"Joy Harjo "The Reckoning", "the crow and the snake", "The Woman Who Fell From the Sky", "The Flood", "Letter from the End of the Twentieth Century"Anita Endrezze "Grandfather Sun Falls in Love with a Moon-Faced Woman", "The Humming of Stars and Bees and Waves"Louise Erdrich "Le Mooz", "Summer 1913/Miskomini-geezis/Raspberry Summer", "AlmostSoup"/"Lazy Stitch"Kimberly M. Blaeser "Like Some Old Story", "Growing Things"Misha "Memekwesiw", "Sakura"Beth H. Piatote "Beading Lesson", "Life-Size Indian"Reid Gomez "electric gods", "Touch. Touch. Touching."