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ERIC Number: EJ720886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Zitkala-Sa and the Problem of Regionalism: Nations, Narratives, and Critical Traditions
Totten, Gary
American Indian Quarterly, v29 n1-2 p84-123 Win-Spr 2005
Although Yankton Sioux writer Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin, 1876-1938) was, as P. Jane Hafen notes, "virtually unknown for many decades," much critical work has appeared since Dexter Fisher's 1979 article,"Zitkala-Sa: Evolution of a Writer." Some critics desiring to bring Zitkala-Sa into the conversation about turn-of-the-century American women writers have done so recently under the auspices of literary regionalism. Critics approaching Zitkala-Sa as a regionalist fall into two camps: those reading her work within a regionalist framework and those reading her work in terms of how it expands our conception of regionalism and the regionalist canon. Indigenous texts in the canon is crucial, but without a change in critical paradigms, such an effort ignores the dissonance between Indigenous texts and traditional critical categories, and, ultimately, fails to transform the study of American literature. The "problem" of regionalism in this title refers to this disjunction between dominant critical paradigms and Indigenous texts. This author proposes a semantically similar but ideologically different inquiry and asks what purposes traditional literary-historical classifications have served in the literary criticism and histories of Indigenous texts. This study highlights the ethnocentric nature of American literary history and critical paradigms. (Contains 16 endnotes.)
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Language: English
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