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ERIC Number: EJ939021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Out of the Melting Pot, into the Nationalist Fires: Native American Literary Studies in Europe
Madsen, Deborah
American Indian Quarterly, v35 n3 p353-371 Sum 2011
It is difficult to overestimate the differences between Native American studies in Europe and the United States. In Europe there are no dedicated university programs in Native American studies; instead, disciplinary units such as American studies or departments such as English, history, development studies, and anthropology house teaching and research programs in Native studies. The institutional conditions under which Native literary studies takes place in a European context give rise to four primary methodological approaches: (1) national (though not necessarily tribal nationalist); (2) multiethnic; (3) universal; and (4) postcolonial. European scholars of Native American literary studies often find themselves grappling with methodological issues that lie between the twin nationalist claims of a generalizing and potentially assimilative "American studies" approach and a Native American literary nationalist approach, like that outlined by Robert Warrior, Jace Weaver, and Craig Womack in their groundbreaking book "American Indian Literary Nationalism". It is to these claims that the author's title gestures while referencing Elizabeth Cook-Lynn's important observation that frequently representations of Native Americans in the literary canon, in the teaching of Native American literature, and in scholarly publications are used as "the basis for the cynical absorption into the "melting pot," pragmatic inclusion in the canon, and involuntary unification of an American literary voice." (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States