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Griever
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0613363825
Apr 1990
Hardcover
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Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition
Kimberly M. Blaeser
0806128747
October 1996
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Vizenor, arguably the most prolific contemporary Native American author, has written more than two dozen books, from fiction and haiku poetry to literary theory. A mixed-blood whose father was murdered when Vizenor was still an infant, he grew up amid poverty, dropped out of high school, joined the military, completed a degree at the University of Minnesota, became a political activist and journalist, and has held professorships at a number of universities. So energetic and elusive a figure is difficult to capture, but Blaeser (English and comparative studies, Univ. of Wisconsin), an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, explains much of the richness of Vizenor's work. She does an excellent job of describing her subject's use of the Native American trickster in his fiction, his incorporation of Ojibway...


Native-American Literature
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0673469786
Jan 1997
Paperback
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Bear Island: The War at Sugar Point
Gerald Vizenor
0816646996
February 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Drawing on the traditional ways of Anishinaabe storytelling, acclaimed poet Gerald Vizenor illuminates the 1898 battle at Sugar Point in Minnesota in this epic poem. Fought between the Pillagers of the Leech Lake Reservation (one of the original five clans of the Anishinaabe tribe) and U.S. soldiers, the battle marked a turning point in relations between the government and Native Americans. Although out-numbered by more than three to one, the Pillager fighters won convincingly. Weaving together strands of myth, memory, legend, and history, Bear Island lyrically conveys a historical event that has been forgotten not only by the majority culture but also by some Anishinaabe people—bringing back to light a key moment in Minnesota’s history with clarity of vision and emotional resonance. Gerald Vizenor...


Fugitive Poses
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0803246641
Mar 1998
Hardcover
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Loosening the Seams: Interpretations of Gerald Vizenor
A. Robert Lee
0879728027
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Native America can look to few more inventive or prolific contemporary writers than Gerald Vizenor. In this he draws upon a life as eventful in kind: mixedblood and passed-around city child in the Minneapolis of the Depression and World War II; enrolled Anishinaabe or Chippewa/Ojibway member of the White Earth Reservation, Minnesota; GI in the Japan whose haiku and other arts would become a lifelong interest; journalist on the Minneapolis Tribune; Visiting Professor at Tianjin University, China; and, currently, Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Vizenor made his bow as a novelist with Bearheart (1978, revised 1990), a Native pilgrimage story set in an America as much out of spiritual balance as oil and told with all the trickster virtuosity which has become his hallmark. In...


Hiroshima Bugi
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0803246730
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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From the Inside Flap
"Vizenor is at full speed in Hiroshima Bugi. This book is a natural dance of concepts. Vizenor does for Native literature what James Joyce does for Irish literature in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake." —Diane Glancy, author of Designs of the Night Sky. Hiroshima Bugi is an ingenious kabuki novel that begins in the ruins of the Atomic Bomb Dome, a new Rashomon Gate. Ronin Browne, the humane peace contender, is the hafu orphan son of Okichi, a Japanese boogie-woogie dancer, and Nightbreaker, an Anishinaabe from the White Earth Reservation who served as an interpreter for General Douglas MacArthur during the first year of the American occupation in Japan. Ronin draws on samurai and native traditions to confront the moral burdens and passive notions of nuclear peace celebrated at the Peace Memorial Museum in...


Interior Landscapes: Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors
Gerald Vizenor
0816618488
June 1990
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Growing up as a mixed-blood Minnesota Chippewa Indian, novelist-poet Vizenor faced racism and personal traumas. His father, at age 26, was fatally knifed; his mother, who periodically left him with foster families, remarried an alcoholic who beat him. Enlistment in the army took Vizenor to Japan, where views of Mount Fuji and a romance with a Japanese woman helped liberate his imagination. His haikus won him a college teaching job; he also worked as a mental hospital orderly, organized Indian protests and, as a Minneapolis Tribune reporter, exposed covert CIA domestic operations. In a questing autobiography that hops from Wounded Knee to Beijing, the author, a professor at UC- Santa Cruz, tries on the mythic identities of compassionate trickster and tribal hunter. As a guest at anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn's...


Manifest Manners
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0803296215
Dec 1999
Paperback
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Shadow Distance: A Gerald Vizenor Reader
Gerald Vizenor
0819562815
January 1994
Textbook Paperback
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From Library Journal
Vizenor has long been a writer whose critical acclaim has surpassed his popularity. This anthology represents an attempt to bring this highly innovative author to a larger public. Lee (American literature, Univ. of Kene, Canterbury) has compiled a nice cross section of Vizenor's work. Sections from Vizenor's autobiography, Interior Landscapes (LJ 7/90), allow the author to introduce himself. Following are selections from his novels, including the award-winning Griever (Univ. of Minnesota, 1986) and The Heirs of Columbus (LJ 6/15/91). Essays, selected short stories, and a screenplay round out the collection. There's nothing new here, but Vizenor's remains a fresh voice to most of the reading public.Debbie Bogenschutz, Cincinnati State Technical and Community Coll., OhioCopyright 1995 Reed Business Information,...


Fugitive Poses
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0803296223
Nov 2000
Paperback
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The Turn to the Native: Studies in Criticism and Culture
Arnold Krupat
0803227353
November 1996
Hardcover
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Postindian Conversations
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0803296282
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Postindian Conversations is the first collection of in-depth interviews with Gerald Vizenor, one of the most powerful and provocative voices in the Native world today. These lively conversations with the preeminent novelist and cultural critic reveal much about the man, his literary creations, and his critical perspectives on important issues affecting Native peoples at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The book also casts new light on his sometimes controversial ideas about contemporary Native identity, politics, economics, scholarship, and literature. Gerald Vizenor is a professor of American Studies and Native American literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the American Book Award–winner Griever: An American Monkey King in China. A....


The Turn to the Native: Studies in Criticism and Culture
Arnold Krupat
0803277865
September 1998
Paperback
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Wordarrows
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0803296290
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
With wry humor and imaginative acuity, noted writer Gerald Vizenor offers compelling glimpses of modern Native American life and the different ways that Native Americans and whites interact, fight, and resolve their conflicts. The elusive borderland between white and Native American cultures is further complicated by exchanges of money, services, language, and skills that make up what Vizenor calls the "new fur trade." When Native Americans resist dominance, they fight back incisively and creatively with humor in the strategic word wars of survivance over victimry. Vizenor illuminates the troubling encounters and distant reaches of this modernist fur trade through his creative narratives. Especially memorable is the reincarnation of General George Custer as the head of Native American programs and the mystifying play...


Other Words: American Indian Literature,Law,and Culture
Jace Weaver
080613352X
November 2001
Textbook Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Weaver (American studies, religious studies, and law, Yale Univ.) has written an intriguing volume that attempts to bridge three subfields of Native American studies: literature, law, and culture. She succeeds admirably in this collection of thoughtful, informative pieces. In the first chapter, "In Other's Words," Weaver addresses a number of provocative questions, such as "What does it mean to be Native American?," "Is American Indian identity measured by blood, genealogy, or culture?," and "Is Native American art simply any art produced by a Native American?" Another especially fascinating chapter is "Indian Presence with No Indians Present," which details laws and cases regarding the preservation (or lack thereof) of Native American remains. Some previously published pieces have been rewritten and...


Dead Voices
Gerald Robert Vizenor
080612427X
Sept 1992
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This schematic satire pits Native Americans against naturalized ones, much to the detriment of the latter. Divorced from nature, Vizenour fictionally contends, non-Indians have lost the stories that liberate the mind and hold the world together; now they are "wordies," hearing only the dead voices of the printed page and the university lecture. The Native American wise woman Bagese, in contrast, hears great stories. She and the novel's unnamed narrator (a lecturer in "tribal philosophies") play a meditation game in which they actually become animals by entering into the beasts' images on tarot-like cards. As the shape-shifting duo transform themselves into bears, fleas and other creatures, the narrator learns from Bagese to hear the voices. Vizenour ( The Heirs of Columbus ) has always been the literary...


Chancers
Gerald Robert Robert Vizenor
0806133880
September 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In this darkly comic and satiric novel, academics in the Native Studies Department of the University of California are being sacrificed in the name of Native remains repatriation, their skulls exchanged for Native bones to let the spirit chancers (resurrected Natives) return. Demons and tricksters, solar dancers and round dancers, irony and victimization, death and eroticismDall do battle in the department, leading to a graduation conflagration, complete with guest appearances by Pocahontas and the spirit of a bawdy hand puppet. Vizenor (Native American literature and studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Griever: An American Monkey King in China) weaves together characters from his other novels, along with shamanism and the works of Samuel Beckett, to capture the dilemmas of modern Native life without succumbing...


Dead Voices: Natural Agonies in the New World
Gerald Vizenor
0806125799
March 1994
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This schematic satire pits Native Americans against naturalized ones, much to the detriment of the latter. Divorced from nature, Vizenour fictionally contends, non-Indians have lost the stories that liberate the mind and hold the world together; now they are "wordies," hearing only the dead voices of the printed page and the university lecture. The Native American wise woman Bagese, in contrast, hears great stories. She and the novel's unnamed narrator (a lecturer in "tribal philosophies") play a meditation game in which they actually become animals by entering into the beasts' images on tarot-like cards. As the shape-shifting duo transform themselves into bears, fleas and other creatures, the narrator learns from Bagese to hear the voices. Vizenour ( The Heirs of Columbus ) has always been the literary...


Narrative Chance
Gerald Robert Vizenor
0806125616
Oct 1993
Paperback
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