Alternate Origin Stories and Unexpected Archives: The Question of the Indigenous Literary

Alternate Origin Stories and Unexpected Archives: The Question of the Indigenous Literary SUNY Oneonta arah Winnemucca. S. Alice Callahan. Gertrude Bonnin. Mourning Dove. Since the 1980s, the scholarly recovery of these foundational Native women writers in English has pivoted on their dexterous literary engagement with select narrative forms--short story, memoir, novel--and their aligned political engagement with the settler state and tribal-nations. Their visibility--in anthologies, journals, and books and on course syllabi--has reframed Native, US, and US women's literary history. Yet that visibility has tended to obscure other vital dimensions of their work. The focus on individual authorship that still guides literary studies, for example, risks extricating these writers from the complex intergenerational and intertribal relationships that informed their literary production. At the same time, despite key moves in recent years to broaden categories of the literary, the secondary status of texts such as petitions, speeches, and newspaper articles has hampered a fuller consideration of these writers as well as other Native women activists and intellectuals. In recent years, books such as Beth H. Piatote's Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature (reviewed in Legacy 31.1), Mark Rifkin's When Did Indians Become Straight? Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty, and Kiara M. Vigil's Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers University of Nebraska Press

Alternate Origin Stories and Unexpected Archives: The Question of the Indigenous Literary

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Volume 34 (1) – Jun 20, 2017

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SUNY Oneonta arah Winnemucca. S. Alice Callahan. Gertrude Bonnin. Mourning Dove. Since the 1980s, the scholarly recovery of these foundational Native women writers in English has pivoted on their dexterous literary engagement with select narrative forms--short story, memoir, novel--and their aligned political engagement with the settler state and tribal-nations. Their visibility--in anthologies, journals, and books and on course syllabi--has reframed Native, US, and US women's literary history. Yet that visibility has tended to obscure other vital dimensions of their work. The focus on individual authorship that still guides literary studies, for example, risks extricating these writers from the complex intergenerational and intertribal relationships that informed their literary production. At the same time, despite key moves in recent years to broaden categories of the literary, the secondary status of texts such as petitions, speeches, and newspaper articles has hampered a fuller consideration of these writers as well as other Native women activists and intellectuals. In recent years, books such as Beth H. Piatote's Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature (reviewed in Legacy 31.1), Mark Rifkin's When Did Indians Become Straight? Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty, and Kiara M. Vigil's Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty,

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Published: Jun 20, 2017

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