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That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community
by Jace Weaver
Loyalty to the community is the highest value in Native American cultures, argues Jace Weaver. In That the People Might Live, he explores a wide range of Native American literature from 1768 to the present, taking this sense of community as both a starting point and a lens. Weaver considers some of the best known Native American writers, such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Jun 12, 2008 Christy rated it liked it
Jace Weaver's study of Native American literature is a fascinating but flawed analysis of what sets Native American literature apart, what makes it Native. That the People Might Live “examines what, if anything, distinguishes written product by Native from that of non-natives. . . . It is my hypothesis that Native literature both reflects and shapes contemporary Native identity and community and that what distinguishes it and makes it a valuable resource is what I term in this study ‘communitism ...more