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The nature of Native American poetry
Wilson, Norma, 1946-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xi, 164 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The nature of Native American poetry -- The mythic continuum : the poetry of Carter Revard -- Affirmations of identity : the poetry of N. Scott Momaday -- Language as a way of life : the poetry of Simon J. Ortiz -- Spirit voices : the poetry of Lance Henson -- An instrument for song : the poetry of Roberta Hill -- Translating the world : the poetry of Linda Hogan -- Nesting in the ruins : the poetry of Wendy Rose -- The ground speaks : the poetry of Joy Harjo -- The new generation.
Reading Level:
1330 Lexile.

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PS153.I52 W55 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Elucidates the clear mark that Native American literature, culture, and oral-poetic traditions have left on five centuries of British and American literature.

Author Notes

Norma C. Wilson is professor of English at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Wilson (Univ. of South Dakota, Vermillion) both links contemporary Native American poetry to its roots in traditional songs and chants and points out its universality and shared human relationships. Taking recent indigenous writers out of the isolated context into which they are often cast, the author seeks to identify the shared influences with the international literary scene and with five centuries of British and American writing. Established writers are treated here, Carter Revard, N. Scott Momaday, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, Wendy Rose, Lance Henson, Roberta Hill, as are writers of the "new generation," including Kim Blaeser and Don Birchfield. A helpful bibliography rounds out this well-written book, which will introduce readers to this often-neglected area. Recommended for both academic and public collections, this book will serve both generalists and students and scholars of Native American literature. J. W. Parins University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1 The Nature of Native American Poetryp. 1
Chapter 2 The Mythic Continuum: The Poetry of Carter Revardp. 15
Chapter 3 Affirmations of Identity: The Poetry of N. Scott Momadayp. 31
Chapter 4 Language as a Way of Life: The Poetry of Simon J. Ortizp. 45
Chapter 5 Spirit Voices: The Poetry of Lance Hensonp. 65
Chapter 6 An Instrument for Song: The Poetry of Roberta Hillp. 77
Chapter 7 Translating the World: The Poetry of Linda Hoganp. 87
Chapter 8 Nesting in the Ruins: The Poetry of Wendy Rosep. 99
Chapter 9 The Ground Speaks: The Poetry of Joy Harjop. 109
Chapter 10 The New Generationp. 123
Bibliographyp. 135
Indexp. 145