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Native American Fiction: A User's Manual

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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
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Graywolf Press
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Mely
Jan 26, 2011 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 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
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david-baptiste
Jun 27, 2007 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
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Ashley Bostrom
Apr 23, 2015 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
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Alan
Dec 12, 2010 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.
amy
Apr 09, 2014 marked it as might-read
Seems pretty polarizing. I'd be interested in alternative or complementary titles if anyone has suggestions.
Davissimo
Aug 07, 2007 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.
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Really interesting lit crit book of Native American fiction, by a Leech Lake Ojibwe writer.
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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
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