Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Native American Fiction: A User's Manual” as Want to Read:
Native American Fiction: A User's Manual
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Native American Fiction: A User's Manual

by
3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
An entirely new approach to reading, understanding, and enjoying Native American fiction

This book has been written with the narrow conviction that if Native American literature is worth thinking about at all, it is worth thinking about as literature. The vast majority of thought that has been poured out onto Native American literature has puddled, for the most part, on how
...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Graywolf Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Native American Fiction, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Native American Fiction

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 155)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mely
Jan 26, 2011 Mely rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: lit theory geeks
Reassesses Native American fiction through its uses of Western literary techniques rather than as emblem of Native American culture(s). Extremely good at close readings of texts, some truth to the position of NA fiction as artifact, weakened by arguments pushed farther than texts (usually reviews & interviews, not books) warrant (suspect Bloom-worthy misprisions) and also by failure to define key terms in argument, such as "culture" and "literature" (as opposed to "Native American," which is ...more
Biiwide
May 14, 2007 Biiwide rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Throughout this book Treuer asserts that his goal for this book is to break down the stereotypical assumptions of what "native american" literature "is" or "is not". I would love to read that book when it is written, but this is not that book.

Most of Treuer's critiques are nothing more thinly veiled personal attacks aimed at "exposing" other "native american" authors' lack of "authentic" "native american" knowledge. He repeatedly brandishes his alleged knowledge of the Ojibwe language and their
...more
Ashley Bostrom
Jun 30, 2015 Ashley Bostrom rated it it was ok
I feel guilty marking this as "read," because I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Treuer makes some very valid points as to why "Native American fiction" as a concept doesn't exist - or at least, that was my take-away having gotten through half of the book. I should have known this book wasn't for me - I don't tend to care for critics and here's a man critiquing other critics. It also didn't help that I've only read one of the books he talks about, but my real issue was his tone.

I get how
...more
david-baptiste
Mar 23, 2008 david-baptiste rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-rereading
I've just re-re-read nearly all David Treur's Native American Fiction, in which the author, an Ojibwe of the Leech Lake MN rez
who writes novels and teaches in Minneapolis, asserts that there is no such thing as "Native American Fiction," that it in itself is a fiction which needs to be read as literature and not as "Native American." Treur's thesis is not a willfully paradoxical one, but based in the Indian's historical dilemna in trying to communicate with non-Indians. That is, the Indian, whil
...more
amy
Apr 09, 2014 amy marked it as might-read
Seems pretty polarizing. I'd be interested in alternative or complementary titles if anyone has suggestions.
Alan
Dec 12, 2010 Alan rated it it was ok
This books made some very interesting points. However, it often bogged down into such mind numbing detail about what seemed trivial facts, that I found it a very difficult read. I ended up skimming through much of it.
Slowrabbit
really enjoyed this but want to come back to it after i've read Silko's Ceremony and Welch's Fool's Crow.
Davissimo
Aug 07, 2007 Davissimo rated it really liked it
I'm still contending with this book. I'll have something definitive to say by the end of the fall semester.
N
Mar 31, 2008 N rated it really liked it
Really interesting lit crit book of Native American fiction, by a Leech Lake Ojibwe writer.
Jade Belzberg
Jade Belzberg rated it liked it
Jul 22, 2016
Ben A
Ben A added it
Jun 29, 2016
Nick077
Nick077 marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2016
E.M. LaBonte
E.M. LaBonte marked it as to-read
Jun 04, 2016
Rhonda Lee
Rhonda Lee marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2016
Terika Carter
Terika Carter marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2016
Kelsey Baillio
Kelsey Baillio marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2016
Rochelle
Rochelle marked it as to-read
Apr 02, 2016
Ayat
Ayat marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2016
Vex
Vex marked it as to-read
Apr 09, 2016
Ms. M
Ms. M marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2016
Roxanne
Roxanne rated it really liked it
Mar 16, 2016
Danielle
Danielle marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2016
Carl C.
Carl C. marked it as to-read
Mar 04, 2016
Kimberly
Kimberly rated it liked it
Feb 23, 2016
Colleen
Colleen rated it really liked it
Feb 11, 2016
Gray_Space
Gray_Space marked it as to-read
Feb 08, 2016
Jake
Jake marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2016
Alisa Ogle
Alisa Ogle marked it as to-read
Dec 22, 2015
Keegan Livermore
Keegan Livermore marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
135656
David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Minneapolis. He is the author of three novels and a book of criticism. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQua ...more
More about David Treuer...

Share This Book