Academic journal article Mythlore

The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko

Academic journal article Mythlore

The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko

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A number of contemporary Native American authors incorporate elements of fantasy into their fiction, while several non-Native fantasy authors utilize elements of Native America in their storytelling. Nevertheless, few experts on fantasy consider American Indian works, and few experts on Native American studies explore the fantastic in literature. Now an international, multi-ethnic, and cross-disciplinary group of scholars investigates the meaningful ways in which fantasy and Native America intersect, examining classics by American Indian authors such as Louise Erdrich, Gerald Vizenor, and Leslie Marmon Silko, as well as non-Native fantasists such as H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling. Thus these essayists pioneer new ways of thinking about fantasy texts by Native and nonNative authors, and challenge other academics, writers, and readers to do the same.

Praise for The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America:

The essays in Sturgis and Oberhelman's The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America open our eyes to the kinship between families of literature hitherto seen as separate-fantasy and Native American fiction--showing their interconnections in subject matter, in techniques of dream and trance and magical realism and post-modern meta-narrative, and most importantly, in their ability to penetrate appearances in search of underlying truths. …

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