Invention of Native American Literature
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About the Author
Robert Dale Parker is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Faulkner and the Novelistic Imagination; The Unbeliever: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop; and'Absalom, Absalom!': The Questioning of Fictions.
"The Invention of Native American Literature seeks to redirect the current theoretical and thematic foci of Native American literary studies away from the essentialist, authoritative directions of the canonical past into a more postmodern understanding of the field and its relationship to international literary studies. It is a compelling, original, meticulously researched, and strikingly honest text, and I would recommend it to anyone working in the field.... Parker's text is also valuable for its emphasis on the works of a diverse range of Native writers, including Great Plains authors John Joseph Matthews and D'Arcy McNickle, as well as Ray A. Young Bear, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Thomas King."--Lori Burlingame "Great Plains Quarterly"
"This clearly written and informative critique is strongly recommended for all academic and large public libraries and for public libraries with Native American literature collections."-- "Library Journal"