Politics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Native American Literature
by D Herman Matthew (9780415804745)

Politics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Native American Literature
 
D Herman Matthew
Release Date: 08 December 2009
Format: Hardback
Pages: 154
Category: Native American
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780415804745
ISBN-10: 0415804744



Over the last twenty years, Native American literary studies has taken a sharp political turn. In this book, Matthew Herman provides the historical framework for this shift and examines the key moments in the movement away from cultural analyses toward more politically inflected and motivated perspectives. He highlights such notable cases as the prevailing readings of the popular within Native American writing; the Silko-Erdrich controversy; the ongoing debate over the comparative value of nationalism versus cosmopolitanism within Native American literature and politics; and the status of native nationalism in relation to recent critiques of the nation coming from postmodernism, postcolonialism, and subaltern studies. Herman concludes that the central problematic defining the last two decades of Native American literary studies has involved the emergence in theory of anti-colonial nationalism, its variants, and its contradictions. This study will be a necessary addition for students and scholars of Native American Studies as well as 20th-century literature.

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