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Understanding Gerald Vizenor (Understanding Contemporary American Literature)

Publication University of South Carolina Press, 2009
Edition Columbia
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Abstract Winner of the 1988 American Book Award for his novel Griever: An American Monkey King in China, Gerald Vizenor is a radical, even revolutionary, voice among contemporary Native American writers. Deborah L. Madsen offers a comprehensive overview of Vizenor's work in all literary genres, including poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction, as she explores the themes, images, and stylistic devices that define Vizenor's challenging and significant body of work. In his critique of corporate greed and environmental devastation, of political incompetence and self-interest, and of the modern culture of simulation, celebrity, and hype, Vizenor consistently proves himself unafraid to prod and provoke his audience. He can also be a difficult writer for new readers, a result of to his use of an idiosyncratic vocabulary and the ironic, oppositional, or deconstructive stance he adopts in texts that resist easy comprehension. Madsen offers here points of entrance for scholars, students, and general readers into the complex vocabulary and vision of Vizenor's work. Madsen begins by addressing the key contexts in which Vizenor's work may be interpreted: his biography, the Anishinabe tribal context of his thought, and the contemporary postmodern intellectual environment within which he writes. Madsen also explores her subject's neologisms, the complex lexicon he invents to convey his view of Native America. From there she highlights Vizenor's achievements in each of the major literary genres in which he writes – journalism, tribal history, cultural criticism, poetry, drama, and fiction – focusing on representative texts in each instance to provide detailed readings of Vizenor's distinctive style and language.
Keywords Native American LiteratureAnishinaabe LiteratureGerald Vizenor
ISBN: 978-1-57003-856-3
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MADSEN, Deborah Lea. Understanding Gerald Vizenor (Understanding Contemporary American Literature). Columbia. [s.l.] : University of South Carolina Press, 2009. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:92077

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