Western American Literature Fall 2012 the importance of considerations of morality in McCarthy's work make this book an important contribution to the ever-burgeoning body of McCarthy scholarship. Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI. By Dean Rader. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011. 304 pages, $27.95. Reviewed by Breanne Robertson University of Maryland, College Park Dean Rader begins his book Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI with a brief history of the Ghost Dance, a nineteenth-century religious movement whose promise of restoring the earth to native Americans through ceremonial dance represents the earliest pan-Indian act of colonial defiance. This performative mode of resistance serves as a leitmotif throughout Rader's book, which elucidates anticolonialist strategies in contemporary native American poetry, fiction, film, and visual arts. Through a series of case studies, Rader demonstrates that "resistance in the symbolic field can be as powerful as resistance on the battlefield" (109). His insightful readings of native texts and symbols are sensitive and accomplished, and he convincingly argues for a distinctly American Indian form of aesthetic activism that he terms "engaged resistance." Rooted in indigenous ideologies and archetypes, the
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