American Mythologies: Essays on Contemporary Literature by William Blazek, Michael Glenday

By William Blazek, Michael Glenday

In its greater than 3 many years of life, the self-discipline of yankee reviews has been reliably unreliable, its barriers and assumptions without end transferring because it regularly repositions itself to raised handle the altering personality of yank lifestyles, literature, and tradition. American Mythologies is a difficult new examine the present reinvention of yank stories, a reinvention that has wondered the complete thought of what "American"--let on my own "American studies"--means.

Essays within the assortment variety largely in contemplating those questions, from the influence of Muhammad Ali on Norman Mailer's writings approximately boxing to the interactions of delusion and reminiscence within the fictions of Jayne Anne Phillips to the conflicted portrayal of the yank West in Cormac McCarthy's novels. 4 essays within the assortment specialise in local American authors, together with Leslie Marmon Silko and Gerald Vizenor, whereas one other considers Louise Erdrich's novels within the context of Ojibwa myth.

By bringing jointly views on American experiences from either Europe and the US, American Mythologies presents a transparent photo of the present kingdom of the self-discipline whereas mentioning fruitful instructions for its future.

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Trans. Constance Farrington. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967. Hogan, Linda. Mean Spirit. New York: Ballantine, 1990. King, Tom. Green Grass, Running Water. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Occom, Samson. ‘A Short Narrative of My Life’. In The Heath Anthology of American Literature Concise Edition. Ed. Paul Lauter. Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath, 2004. 521–26. Ong, Walter J. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. New York: Routledge, 1988. Pearce, Roy Harvey. Savagism and Civilization: A Study of the Indian and the American Mind.

See also Allan Chavkin, ‘The Politics of the New Love Medicine’, in Wong 214–16. Joni Adamson Clarke sees Tracks as a form of literary theorising: ‘Erdrich’s novel bridges the gap between high and low discursive space and challenges those who would pretend that theoretical discourse can only exist in learned journals …’ (43). On Erdrich’s narrative reinventions, see also Hans Bak on The Beet Queen as ‘amphibious fiction’, and Robert Silberman on Erdrich’s recasting of Native American literary tradition (Wong 136–38).

Morace argues that Lipsha Morrissey ‘has the fullest and most diverse array of discourses from which to choose’ among the characters in The Bingo Palace, including Blazek_03_Ch2 31 25/4/05, 9:15 am 32 William Blazek popular references ranging from Jimi Hendrix songs to the Godfather films and books by Herman Melville, George Herbert and Henry Roth (Chavkin 55–56). It seems fair to say, as Dennis M. Walsh and Ann Braley conclude, that in The Beet Queen, with its caustic depictions of white, smalltown America, Ojibwe culture and values, though fragmented and hidden, ‘provide the most coherent meaning in a sugarbeet and supermarket wasteland’ (16).

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