Louis Owens
328 pages, 6 x 9
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Release Date:01 Oct 2019
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Louis Owens

Writing Land and Legacy

University of New Mexico Press

Louis Owens: Writing Land and Legacy explores the wide-ranging oeuvre of this seminal author, examining Owens's work and his importance in literature and Native studies. Of Choctaw, Cherokee, and Irish American descent, Owens's work includes mysteries, novels, literary scholarship, and autobiographical essays. Louis Owens offers a critical introduction and thirteen essays arranged into three sections: "Owens and the World," "Owens and California," and "The Novels." The essays present an excellent assessment of Owens's literary legacy, noting his contributions to American literature, ethnic literature, and Native American literature and highlighting his contributions to a variety of theories and genres. The collection concludes with a coda of personal poetic reflections on Owens by Diane Glancy and Kimberly Blaeser. Libraries, students, scholars, and the general public interested in Native American literature and the landscape of contemporary US literature will welcome this reflective volume that analyzes a vast range of Louis Owens's imaginative fictions, personal accounts, and critical work.

At its best, this collection places Owens in meaningful relation to Indigenous literary-field formation while also directing us to his interventions in US literary history.'--Susan Bernardin, Transmotion
An astute and major accomplishment. . . . Highly recommended.'--R. Welburn, Choice
Louis Owens: Writing Land and Legacy offers the first comprehensive study of the entirety of Owens's work, from his literary scholarship to his autobiographical essays to his novels. Placing him in transnational contexts, the authors trace Owens's contributions to Native American literature, specifically, and to American literature, generally. Noting Owens's focus on memory, land, and mixed-blood experience, they explore his intertextuality, anti-coloniality, and indigenization in the mystery novel, eco-criticism, modernism, and transnational American studies.'--Hertha D. Sweet Wong, author of Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text
This outstanding collection does the urgent and necessary work of bringing Louis Owens out of the scholarly shadows, recentering his achievement within the traditions of American literature and Native American literature alike.'--Deborah L. Madsen, editor of The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature
Joe Lockard is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University. He is the author of Watching Slavery: Witness Texts and Travel Reports and the coeditor of Prison Pedagogies: Learning and Teaching with Imprisoned Writers. A. Robert Lee is the author and editor/coeditor of numerous books, including Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (UNM Press) and Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a, and Asian American Fictions, which won the American Book Award in 2004.
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