Assembled for Use: Indigenous Compilation and the Archives of Early Native American Literatures

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Yale University Press
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author
Kelly Wisecup is associate professor of English at Northwestern University. She is the author of Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures and editor of "Good News from New England" by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition.
"I found Wisecup's many insights in this book to be exciting, nuanced, and often dazzling. . . . A fascinating read and exemplar of deep scholarly commitment, Assembled for Use will long shape how future researchers discuss Indigenous literatures in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century colonial contexts."--Ryan D. Fong, Modern Philology

"Assembled for Use is an indispensable theorization of the field of early Native American literary history. . . . If I have one critique of the book, it is that there is not more of it."--Christian Mulcher, MELUS

"Wisecup effectively provides new ways to imagine the archive of Early American and Indigenous literatures while attending to Indigenous agency and voice. . . . This book contributes a valuable approach to teaching Indigenous literature."--Robbie Richardson, ALH Online Review

St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize Winner, sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America

2023 Early American Literature Book Prize Winner
"In Assembled for Use, Kelly Wisecup narrates an intricate history of Native textual production, use, and circulation that reshapes how we think about relationships between Native materials and settler-colonial collections."--Rose Miron, D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library

"Unsettling literary expectations and settler colonial archiving practices, Wisecup's astonishing book celebrates Indigenous compiling and collecting as creative acts of cultural continuity. Truly groundbreaking work, this is a generous and thought-provoking act of recovery and close reading."--Hilary E. Wyss, Trinity College

"A kaleidoscopic assemblage of Indigenous voices, places and relationships, Assembled for Use moves between intricate, illuminating analysis and expansive relational connections, generating a clear vision of how Indigenous compilations reconfigure American Literature. I learned so much."--Lisa Brooks, author of Our Beloved Kin

"Wide ranging in historical scope and illuminating in its inter-cultural methodologies, Assembled for Use explores a surprising array of literacy practices that became constitutive elements of Indigenous community formation during the nineteenth century."--Phillip H. Round, author of Removable Type