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Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic after Thirty Years
Annette R. Federico, Sandra M. Gilbert
Annette LaPointe

Native American Fiction: A User's Manual

Native American Fiction: A User's Manual - David Treuer Reassesses Native American fiction through its uses of Western literary techniques rather than as emblem of Native American culture(s). Extremely good at close readings of texts, some truth to the position of NA fiction as artifact, weakened by arguments pushed farther than texts (usually reviews & interviews, not books) warrant (suspect Bloom-worthy misprisions) and also by failure to define key terms in argument, such as "culture" and "literature" (as opposed to "Native American," which is left undefined deliberately). Mainly, I do not agree with some of Treuer's assumptions about the relationship of literature and culture, although I am convinced by what I think is his main argument, that N.A. fiction has been undertheorized and underappreciated as a conscious aesthetic construct.