sail . fall 2005 . vol. 17, no. 3 tions of a pervasive "American" discourse during a complicated period of U.S. history based on a quite limited focus and on a quite limited range of specific data. As a reader I find myself less than fully convinced by the book's broader claims about U.S. history and culture and disappointed that, given the inherent interest and richness of some of the primary materials Pfister examines, the book's conclusions have little to say about the specificity of American Indians as either producers or consumers of discourse in this era. Another notable feature of this book for readers of SAIL is its incorporation of the work of contemporary American Indian creative writers--but almost exclusively as brief quotations for chapter epigraphs or as brief references in footnotes. The fact that this is a minor component of the book is precisely the point. Like too many other scholars working in multi-ethnic American Studies and multi-ethnic American literature studies, Pfister appears to want to have it both ways when it comes to engaging the particular challenges posed by the field of American Indian Studies. He creates a certain aura of authenticity by quoting the
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Nov 28, 2005
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