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ERIC Number: EJ838833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3238
Speaking with the Separatists: Craig Womack and the Relevance of Literary History
Hollenberg, Alexander
Studies in American Indian Literatures, v21 n1 p1-17 Spr 2009
To speak about separatism as a Canadian is to use a loaded term, one that invokes a significant yet historically specific sociocultural moment. Winners and losers emerged, and in the process, the word "separatism" received a bad rap. Consequently, as a white Canadian who still believes in at least the optimism of the multiculturalist project, the author is forced by Craig Womack's "Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism" to face head-on his intuitions about separatism that have been more than a little colored by his Jewish-English-Quebecker roots. To speak of "literary separatism" is to first admit the failures of the media-dominated discourses on nationality and unity, and secondly to attempt to understand what sovereignty might really imply when it is transposed into the realm of the imagination. This is not to say that Womack's literary history is not political--it is certainly one of the most world-making and affirming criticisms that exists today; rather, Womack is able to build a Creek community that defines and evaluates itself internally by reimagining its own borders. The author writes this paper as a dialogue and as a further invitation to dialogue, for Womack's version of sovereignty reworks the lines of communication in positive and liberating ways. The author talks about the works of Craig Womack, his version of imaginative sovereignty and the relevance of literary history. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States