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Examines Indian boarding school narratives and their impact on the Native literary tradition from 1879 to the present

Indian boarding schools were the lynchpins of a federally sponsored system of forced assimilation. These schools, located off-reservation, took Native children from their families and tribes for years at a time in an effort to -kill- their tribal cultures, languages, and religions. In Learning to Write -Indian, - Amelia V. Katanski investigates the impact of the Indian boarding school experience on the American Indian literary tradition through an examination of turn-of-the-century student essays and autobiographies as well as contemporary plays, novels, and poetry.

Many recent books have focused on the Indian boarding school experience. Among these Learning to Write -Indian- is unique in that it looks at writings about the schools as literature, rather than as mere historical evidence.

  • ISBN13: 9780806138527
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 2007
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00274
Publication DateJanuary 15, 2007
Primary CategoryLiterary Criticism/Native American
Sub Category 1History/Native American

Learning to Write "Indian": The Boarding-School Experience and American Indian Literature

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