The Newberry Library Colloquium

Modern American Indian Literature: Early Twentieth-Century Texts and Contexts
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

4 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Kathleen Washburn, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, University of New Mexico

Until recently, literary scholars and historians in indigenous studies have characterized the Progressive Era as the Assimilation Era in terms of the devastating effects of federal policies on American Indian communities, from the allotment of tribal lands to Indian boarding schools. Yet throughout this turbulent period, a range of Native writers drew on the complex traditions of print culture across Indian Country to articulate new forms of indigenous modernity as resilient and adaptive. This colloquium offers an overview of key Native texts and genres of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including novels, journals, tribal newspapers, and autobiographies.

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