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David Stirrup

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074264

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074264.001.0001

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Native American literature: authorship and authority

Native American literature: authorship and authority

(p.1) 1 Native American literature: authorship and authority
Louise Erdrich

David Stirrup

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces and studies the works of Louise Erdrich, a popular and highly successful Native American writer, some of which have even garnered her numerous awards, and are typically described as beautiful and powerful. It draws out historical and culturally specific readings through the theoretical methodologies that are offered by both indigenous and postcolonial theories: feminism, postmodernism and even regionalism. The chapter also presents a brief outline of the critical platform that serves as the basis of the scholarly archive relating to Erdrich's work. It then considers Erdrich's work in relation to Native and American concerns, and in relation to the many influences Erdrich has both drawn from and created in her own writing, also studying the possibility that her work is not useful to Native American political issues, due to its accessibility and/or popularity.

Keywords:   Louise Erdrich, Native American writer, postcolonial theories, culturally specific, critical platform, scholarly archive, political issues

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