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ERIC Number: EJ865628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3238
A Response to Sam McKegney's "Strategies for Ethical Engagement: An Open Letter Concerning Non-Native Scholars of Native Literatures"
Appleford, Rob
Studies in American Indian Literatures, v21 n3 p58-65 Fall 2009
This article presents the author's response to Sam McKegney's "Strategies for Ethical Engagement: An Open Letter Concerning Non-Native Scholars of Native Literatures." In his response to Sam's diagnosis of the malaise currently afflicting non-Aboriginal critics of this literature, the author attempts to consider the "cure" Sam offers (albeit provisionally) for this malaise in relation to the symptoms Sam diagnoses. In both his articulate identification of what prevents non-Aboriginal critics from engaging robustly and ethically with Aboriginal literary texts and his suggestion as to why these critics might migrate to other texts, Sam contrasts the internally or externally directed non-Aboriginal critics with Aboriginal critics who advocate a communally responsible literary criticism. While the current trends in Aboriginal literary/cultural studies are not the focus of Sam's discussion, the author thinks it is important to spell out certain premises that are currently being buttressed or challenged by Aboriginal critics in order to give context to his own concerns as a non-Aboriginal critic. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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