The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States since 1945

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The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States since 1945 Eric Cheyfitz, Editor. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

This is a thick, comprehensive book about the writings of Indians, which boils with anger and resentment. The guiding philosophy behind each of the six essays is that American Indians have, from the landing of Europeans, received the short end of the stick. It is certainly fitting that the status of the injustices accorded American Indians be thrown into the general current debate about the role of exploited and under-recognized peoples of the world. According to the editor of this volume, "The essays that follow, then, are intended to construct a literary history of U.S. American Indian literatures that understands them as primarily responsive to colonial situations. At the intersection of culture and politics, these are literatures of resistance and liberation" (ix), which "affects all, not only Indian, lives" (108). All Indian literatures, according to the various authors, are, as authors Arnold Krupat and Michael A. …