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The Turn to the Native, The Turn to the Native, 0803227353, 0-8032-2735-3, 978-0-8032-2735-4, 9780803227354, Arnold Krupat, , The Turn to the Native, 0803277865, 0-8032-7786-5, 978-0-8032-7786-1, 9780803277861, Arnold Krupat

The Turn to the Native
Studies in Criticism and Culture
Arnold Krupat

1996. 149 pp.
$50.00 s
Out of Print
1998. 149 pp.
$15.95 t

The Turn to the Native is a timely account of Native American literature and the critical writings that have grown up around it. Arnold Krupat considers racial and cultural “essentialism,” the ambiguous position of non-Native critics in the field, cultural “sovereignty” and “property,” and the place of Native American culture in a so-called multicultural era. Chapters follow on the relationship of Native American culture to postcolonial writing and postmodernism. Krupat comments on the recent work of numerous Native writers. The final chapter, “A Nice Jewish Boy among the Indians,” presents the author’s effort to balance his Jewish and working-class heritage, his adherence to Western “critical” ideals, and his ongoing loyalty to the values of Native cultures.

Arnold Krupat, a professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College, is the author of Ethnocriticism: Ethnography, History, Literature.

"Raises some very important questions regarding identity and its relation to the process of literature and the task of criticism. No one is more familiar with the field and the literature of this subject than Krupat. The work is eminently readable, intelligent without being stuffy, thoughtful without being confusing."—W. S. Penn, author of All My Sins Are Relatives

"[Krupat shows] skill in deepening the meanings of contemporary Native American texts by extrapolating themes from specific stories. . . . Through his flashes of critical acumen, he himself is able to tell a good story as well."—Boston Book Review

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