Louise Erdrich (Contemporary American and Canadian Writers)
Designer: Brand: Manchester University Press
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Louise Erdrich is one of the most critically and commercially successful Native American writers. This book is the first fully comprehensive treatment of Erdrichâs writing, analyzing the textual complexities and diverse contexts of her work to date. Drawing on the critical archive relating to Erdrichâs work and Native American literature, Stirrup explores the full depth and range of her authorship.
Breaking Erdrichâs oeuvre into several groupingsÂ -- poetry, early and late fiction, memoir and childrenâs writing -- Stirrup develops individual readings of both the critical arguments and the texts themselves. He argues that Erdrichâs work has developed an increasing political acuity to the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in Native American literatures. Erdrichâs insistence on being read as an American writer is shown to be in constant and mutually-inflecting dialogue with her Ojibwe heritage.
This sophisticated analysis is of use to students and readers at all levels of engagement with Erdrichâs writing.