Sherman Alexie

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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 818.5409 ALEXIE
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Summary
Noticed initially as a Native American author, Sherman Alexie has since achieved a reputation as a significant figure in the American literary landscape.

The essays in this volume have been chosen to address the interests and needs of a broad range of readers, from students seeking further insights to teachers who hope to deepen their understanding to scholars who wish to join a conversation among their peers. In his citation of War Dances as the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, poet Al Young said that the book ""taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse,"" lauding Alexie for ""the caring, eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book."" The intention and purpose of this volume is to provide critical insights worthy of that achievement.

Alexie's work is the imaginative expression of his eventful life. This volume, therefore, includes an insightful biographical sketch of Alexie which provides a guide to many of the most noteworthy incidents and circumstances of his life. The combination of controversy, compelling writing, and a dynamic personality has projected Alexie into a unique position in contemporary American culture, and his work has reached a much wider range of readers than would have been anticipated by readers of his first poems.

The course of critical scrutiny that followed the publication of Alexie's books is ably assessed in an essay that reaches back to Alexie's early life to lead into the beginning of his appearance in print. It continues as he becomes a part of a visible literary landscape and then a prominent point in its topography.

A continuing controversy, highlighted by Alexie's refusal to be restricted to any projection of American Indian reality other than his own, is given expression by an essay that asks, ""What right does Alexie have to share with general readers our most painful realities of poverty and social dysfunction?"" The exploration of this question is an illustration of one of the most provocative and persistent issues that Alexie's work has emphasised. Other essays explore impact of atrocities on his writing, the identity of the American Indian in modern writing and the author's broadening perspective on the human condition. Alexie's poetry receives specific attention in a number of essays. His poetry, the genre acknowledged by the author as the ""original fire"" that ignited his creative flame, is central to understanding his other work. For instance, Alexie ""modifies the English sonnet"" to negotiate ""between his cultural inheritances,"" one essayist stresses the ways Alexie restructures the sonnet to ""upset the reader's expectation of resolution and thus promote the idea that the Indian dilemma is never a matter that can be easily or hastily solved.""

His contemporary critical reception is explored. The role of music in his prose is examined. Storytelling and oral traditions are investigated in his work and his work in films is discussed.
Contents
On Sherman Alexie: American man of letters / Leon Lewis
Biography of Sherman Alexie / Georgie L. Donovan
The Paris review perspective / Barry Harbaugh for the Paris review
Navigating the river of the world: collective trauma in The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian / Tammy Wahpeconiah
"Doesn't everybody belong to a subculture?": community and history in Sherman Alexie's writing / Michael Wilson
Articulations of difference: minority existence in white America in Sherman Alexie's Indian killer and Toni Morrison's The bluest eye / Constance Bracewell
Postmodern magic, traditional rage: the critical reception of Sherman Alexie's work / Tammy Wahpeconiah
Half child/half adult: Sherman Alexie's hybrid young adult fiction / Mark Vogel
The rhetorical, performative poetics of Sherman Alexie: critical reflections on affect, memory, and subjectivity / Cindy M. Spurlock
A rez kid gone urban: Sherman Alexie's recent short fiction / Richard Sax
Dialectic to dialogic: negotiating bicultural heritage in Sherman Alexie's sonnets / Carrie Etter
Sherman Alexie's indigenous blues / Douglas Ford
The exaggeration of despair in Sherman Alexie's Reservation blues / Gloria Bird
Reservation home movies: Sherman Alexie's poetry / Jennifer Gillan
A new road and a dead end in Sherman Alexie's Reservation blues / Scott Andrews
"The res has missed you": the fragmented reservation of the mind in The business of fancydancing / Meredith K. James
A bridge of difference: Sherman Alexie and the politics of mourning / Laura Arnold Leibman
A world of story-smoke: a conversation with Sherman Alexie / Åse Nygren
Indian killer / Daniel Grassian
Sex and salmon: queer identities in Sherman Alexie's The toughest Indian in the world / Lisa Tatonetti
The trans/historicity of trauma in Jeannette Armstrong's Slash and Sherman Alexie's Indian killer / Nancy Van Styvendale
Building cultural knowledge in the contemporary native novel / Sean Kicummah Teuton
Sherman Alexie: interview / Margo Rabb.

Additional Information
Series Critical insights.
Subjects Alexie, Sherman, -- 1966- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Publisher Pasadena, Calif. :Salem Press,2012
Contributors Lewis, Leon, 1940-
Language English
Description xiv, 434 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-412) and index.
ISBN 9781587658235
1587658232
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