Book Reviews autobiographies from both the United States and Australia. The images Jacobs uses throughout her story supplement visually the voice she gives to indigenous and Aboriginal children by bringing together their stories. The comparative method allows Jacobs to scrutinize closely American Indian policy and Australian Aboriginal policy through a critique of the settler colonial state. To readers of boarding school histories, the book is a useful model of comparative work (see also Michael Coleman's recent excellent study, American Indians, the Irish, and Government Schooling [U of Nebraska P, 2007]) that opens up new possibilities for comparative work in United States and global indigenous studies. Mat Johnson. PYM: A Novel. Spiegel and Grau, 2011. IBSN 978-0812981582. 336 pp. Jace Weaver, University of Georgia Mat Johnson, a writer of African, Black Muscogee, and Irish ancestry who identifies himself as an "octoroon," has written the most wildly inventive comic novel in some time, taking as his source material Edgar Allan Poe's only completed novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. At first blush, the task of wringing humor out of the Poe text might seem a Sisyphean one: Arthur Gordon Pym is decidedly irony-challenged and may be the
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jul 14, 2012
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