From the Editor Scope and Range This first issue of volume 28 demonstrates the vitality of contemporary Native American and Indigenous literary studies: the wide scope of current scholarly and creative research in the field, the broad range of current critical methodologies. In the opening essay, Paul Worley combines transhemispheric approaches to the study of Native American literatures with a focused attention to Indigenous aesthetics. Through a nuanced investigation of how contemporary Indigenous American writers as diverse as Victor Montejo from Guatemala and Leslie Silko from the United States recirculate the Yucatec Maya prophetic books of the Chilam Balam, Worley constructs a compelling argument for reading beyond the potential of the Mayan texts to serve as thematic inspiration to consider how Montejo's and Silko's works actually reperform versions of the books' ancient prophecies. Next, Joseph Gaudet interrogates the increasingly pervasive critical lens of settler colonial studies through a close reading of Stephen Graham Jones's 2008 novel Ledfeather. Highlighting the novel's "postironic" response to the debilitating fatalism typical of orthodox scholarly approaches to settler colonialisms, Gaudet argues that Jones pushes beyond merely diagnosing the ills of the settler present to actually imagining a potential Indigenous cure for the future.
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 14, 2016
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