Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture Volume 2, Number 1, Â© 2002 Duke University Press 109 red Oldsmobile convertible is a symbol of their ï¬nancial success and is integral to Henryâs brief recovery and ultimate demise. For students to see this connection, however, they must do more than passively accept the storyâs portrayal of Native Americans. They can look at the facts â the brothers live on a reservation, are intermittently employed, lack an intact nuclear family, and engage in some awfully strange behavior â but they must go further to appreciate Erdrichâs decentering of stereotypical images of Native America. Locating the story in a postcolonial framework allows students to do this. They must ask the questions through which literary discussion develops into cultural critique. Why do the brothers live on a reservation? Why are there no viable long-term jobs for them? Why are they not in college? Why would they blow their cash on a car when they could apply it to their education or to ï¬xing up their house? The answers lie not only in the encroachment of white values on Native America but in Native Americansâ modes of resistance. Lyman and
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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