The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures
ISBN: 9780889773905
Year: 2015
Pages: 295
Binding: Paperback
$29.95

"Reading this book has reminded me what the best of literary and cultural criticism can and should do: to surprise and delight with insightful commentary and convincing arguments whose implications are, potentially, paradigm-shifting." Sophie McCall, author of First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship

In The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures, Mareike Neuhaus uncovers residues of ancestral languages found in Indigenous uses of English. She shows how these remainders ground a reading strategy that enables us to approach Indigenous texts as literature, with its own discursive and rhetorical traditions that underpin its cultural and historical contexts. 

"Breaks new critical ground in the understanding of Indigenous literatures. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers." Paul DePasquale, co-editor of Across Cultures/Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American LIteratures

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements—IX

Introduction—1

Indigenous Poetics and Holophrastic Reading

PART 1: A PRIMER ON HOLOPHRASTIC READING

Chapter 1—17

Indigenous Language and Discourse Traditions: An Introduction

Chapter 2—31

Holophrastic Reading: A Heuristic

Chapter 3—57

Alphabetical List of Critical Terms

PART 2: HOLOPHRASTIC READINGS OF INDIGENOUS WRITING

Chapter 4—69

Ancestral Language Influences

Chapter 5—99

Indigenous Narratology

Chapter 6—131

Historical Trauma and Healing

Chapter 7—159

Indigenous Literary Sovereignty

Chapter 8—189

(Radical) Departures of Indigenous Literatures

Permissions Acknowledgements—219

Works Cited—221

Index—235

Mareike Neuhaus

Mareike Neuhaus, author of the acclaimed book "That's Raven Talk," is an independent scholar specializing in North American Indigenous literatures and Canadian literature.
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