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The World, the Text, and the Indian: Global Dimensions of Native American Literature


Scott Richard Lyons
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Since the rise of the Native American Renaissance in literature and culture during the American civil rights period, a rich critical discourse has been developed to provide a range of interpretive frameworks for the study, recovery, and teaching of Native American literary and cultural production. For the past few decades the dominant framework has been nationalism, a critical perspective placing emphasis on specific tribal nations and nationalist concepts. While this nationalist intervention has produced important insights and questions regarding Native American literature, culture, and politics, it has not always attended to the important fact that Native texts and writers have also always been globalized. The World, the Text, and the Indian breaks from this framework by examining Native American literature not for its tribal-national significance but rather its connections to global, transnational, and cosmopolitan forces. Essays by leading scholars in the field assume that Native American literary and cultural production is global in character; even claims to sovereignty and self-determination are made in global contexts and influenced by global forces. Spanning from the nineteenth century to the present day, these analyses of theories, texts, and methods--from trans-indigenous to cosmopolitan, George Copway to Sherman Alexie, and indigenous feminism to book history--interrogate the dialects of global indigeneity and settler colonialism in literary and visual culture.

All recent publications by Scott Richard Lyons

  • The World, the Text, and the Indian: Global Dimensions of Native American Literature
  • X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent

All publications by Scott Richard Lyons

Select recent publications:

The World, the Text, and the Indian: Global Dimensions of Native American Literature. Ed. Scott Richard Lyons. Albany, New York: SUNY Press (Native Traces), 2017. 

"Billy Jack," Seeing Red: American Indians and Film. Eds. LeAnne Howe, Harvey Markowitz, and Denise K. Cummings, East Lansing: Michigan State UP, 2013.

"Actually Existing Indian Nations: Modernity, Diversity, and the Future of Native American Studies," American Indian Quarterly 35.3 (Summer 2011): 294-312.  

X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

"'Indians' Constructed and Speaking," A Companion to American Literature and Culture. Ed. Paul Lauter. Malden, MA, and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 206-220.

"There's No Translation for It: The Rhetorical Sovereignty of Indigenous Languages," Cross-Language Relations in Composition. Eds. Bruce Horner, Min-Zhan Lu, and Paul Kei Matsuda. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010. 127-141.

"The Science of the Indian," A New Literary History of America. Eds. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2009. 317-321.

"The Fine Art of Fencing: Nationalism, Hybridity, and the Search for a Native American Writing Pedagogy," JAC 29.1-2 (2009): 77-105.

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