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“It Needs Not the Display of Language”: Aesthetics and Politics in Early Native American Writing

“It Needs Not the Display of Language”: Aesthetics and Politics in Early Native American Writing angela calcaterra University of West Florida "It Needs Not the Display of Language" Aesthetics and Politics in Early Native American Writing The American Indian Intellectual Tradition: An Anthology of Writings from 1772 to 1972 Edited by david martinez Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011 407 pp. Changing Is Not Vanishing: A Collection of American Indian Poetry to 1930 Edited by robert dale parker Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011 438 pp. American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions Edited by cindy weinstein and christopher looby New York: Columbia University Press, 2012 426 pp. In his introduction to Indian Treaties Printed by Benjamin Franklin, 1736­ 1762 (1938), Carl Van Doren writes of the thirteen printed treaties between Northeastern Indian nations and British colonies: "Here for once life seems to have made itself almost unaided into literature" (xviii). Without hesitation, Van Doren associates these political documents with works of art: they "are alive with poetry no less than truth, with humor and drama, and with the strong wisdom of simple experience" (xviii). Today's early Americanists might read such a claim with suspicion, dismissing it as a fanciful elision of political exigency in favor of dubious aesthetics. Recent scholarship on early native writing implicitly resists http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

“It Needs Not the Display of Language”: Aesthetics and Politics in Early Native American Writing

Early American Literature , Volume 49 (2) – Jun 27, 2014

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angela calcaterra University of West Florida "It Needs Not the Display of Language" Aesthetics and Politics in Early Native American Writing The American Indian Intellectual Tradition: An Anthology of Writings from 1772 to 1972 Edited by david martinez Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011 407 pp. Changing Is Not Vanishing: A Collection of American Indian Poetry to 1930 Edited by robert dale parker Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011 438 pp. American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions Edited by cindy weinstein and christopher looby New York: Columbia University Press, 2012 426 pp. In his introduction to Indian Treaties Printed by Benjamin Franklin, 1736­ 1762 (1938), Carl Van Doren writes of the thirteen printed treaties between Northeastern Indian nations and British colonies: "Here for once life seems to have made itself almost unaided into literature" (xviii). Without hesitation, Van Doren associates these political documents with works of art: they "are alive with poetry no less than truth, with humor and drama, and with the strong wisdom of simple experience" (xviii). Today's early Americanists might read such a claim with suspicion, dismissing it as a fanciful elision of political exigency in favor of dubious aesthetics. Recent scholarship on early native writing implicitly resists

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 27, 2014

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