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Owens, Louis

Works: 46 works in 191 publications in 5 languages and 12,005 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Bibliography  Bibliographies  Bio-bibliography  Periodicals  Literature  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Scribe, Editor
Classifications: PS3565.W567, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Louis Owens
Other destinies : understanding the American Indian novel by Louis Owens( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This first book-length critical analysis of the full range of novels written between 1854 and today by American Indian authors takes as its theme the search for self-discovery and cultural recovery. In his introduction, Louis Owens places the novels in context by considering their relationships to traditional American Indian oral literature as well as their differences from mainstream Euroamerican literature. In the following chapters he looks at the novels of John Rollin Ridge, Mourning Dove, John Joseph Mathews, D'Arcy McNickle, N. Scott Momaday, James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Michael Dorris, and Gerald Vizenor. These authors are mixedbloods who, in their writing, try to come to terms with the marginalization both of mixed-bloods and fullbloods and of their cultures in American society. Their novels are complex and sophisticated narratives of cultural survival--and survival guides for fullbloods and mixedbloods in modern America. Rejecting the stereotypes and clichés long attached to the word Indian, they appropriate and adapt the colonizers language, English, to describe the Indian experience. These novels embody the American Indian point of view; the non-Indian is required to assume the role of "other." In his analysis Owens draws on a broad range of literary theory: myth and folklore, structuralism, modernism, poststructuralism, and, particularly, postmodernism. At the same time he argues that although recent American Indian fiction incorporates a number of significant elements often identified with postmodern writing, it contradicts the primary impulse of postmodernism. That is, instead of celebrating fragmentation, ephemerality, and chaos, these authors insist upon a cultural center that is intact and recoverable, upon immutable values and ecological truths. Other Destinies provides a new critical approach to novels by American Indians. It also offers a comprehensive introduction to the novels, helping teachers bring this important fiction to the classroom."--Jacket
Mixedblood messages : literature, film, family, place by Louis Owens( )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 1,580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies how the Native Americans' identities and relationship with nature are depicted in literature and film, and discusses how Native Americans are portrayed in literature written by different ethnic groups
Dark river : a novel by Louis Owens( )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jacob Nashoba's journey has taken him from his Choctaw homeland in Mississippi to Vietnam and finally to a small reservation in the mountains of eastern Arizona. A tribal ranger, he lives among people far different from any he has known. Balanced precariously between isolation and community, he is drawn to both the fastness of a remote river canyon and the Apaches who have come to be the only family he has." "Nashoba's world is peopled by, among others, a bright young man who sells vision quests to romantic tourists, a determined elder whose power makes her a force to be reckoned with on the reservation, a resident anthropologist more "native" than the natives, a corrupt tribal chairman, a former Hollywood extra who shouts at reservation women the scraps of Italian he learned from other "Indian" actors, and the ranger's estranged wife. Confusion and violence follow their encounter with a right-wing militia group training secretly on tribal land. The contrast between these Rambo types and the various Native American characters typifies the sardonic humor running throughout this novel of contemporary Indian identity."--BOOK JACKET
The sharpest sight by Louis Owens( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and French and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"American Indian literature and cirtical sutdies series ; v. 1." Two men investigate the suspected murder of a mixed-blood Vietnam vet found floating down a California river with a bullet through his heart
Bone game : a novel by Louis Owens( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and French and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In California, a madman is loose on a college campus, killing and dismembering young girls. Professor Cole McCurtain, an Indian, investigates the crimes and uncovers an evil force born of the cruel treatment of Indians by Spanish missionaries. By the author of The Sharpest Sight
The grapes of wrath : trouble in the promised land by Louis Owens( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracing the social and political developments leading to the Dust Bowl, Owens clearly explains how the novel represents Steinbeck's indictment of the Promised Land myth
Wolfsong by Louis Owens( )

16 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and French and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native American Tom Joseph returns home to the Cascade Range of Washington to attend his uncle's funeral and becomes caught up in the man's fight to save the region from copper mining interests
Nightland by Louis Owens( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After two half-Indian ranchers find a dead man with a suitcase containing nearly one million dollars, they are pursued by a helicopter. They shoot it down and decide to keep quiet about the attack. A mystery featuring drugs, a beautiful Indian woman and Indian lore. By the author of Bone Game
John Steinbeck's re-vision of America by Louis Owens( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Indian novelists : an annotated critical bibliography by Tom Colonnese( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new eye in the West : Steinbeck's California fiction by Louis Owens( )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I hear the train : reflections, inventions, refractions by Louis Owens( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this collection, Louis Owens blends autobiography, short fiction, and literary criticism to reflect on his experiences as a mixedblood Indian in America."--Jacket
Writings of John Steinbeck( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the National Steinbeck Center the guests talked about John Steinbeck's life, his writings, and the times in which he lived. They also responded to audience telephone calls and talked about the political issues that were having an impact on the nation at the time, focusing on his book, The Grapes of Wrath
American literary scholarship an annual, 1990( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Owens by Louis Owens( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writer Louis Owens discusses the growth of Native American literature in the United States
Louis Owens, Evelina Zuni Lucero : storytellers( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writers Louis Owens, a literature professor at the University of California, and Eveline Zuni Lucero, an author and lecturerat the University of New Mexico, discuss the influence that Native American oral storytelling traditions have had on their writings
Gerald Vizenor( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natland by Louis Owens( Recording )

3 editions published in 2000 in Danish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American literary scholarship : an annual, 1964 by James Leslie Woodress( Book )

1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, eighth in the annual series, provides for scholars, students, and general readers a systematic, evaluative guide to current published studies on American literature. Half the chapters summarize the year's published work on individual authors, and half are devoted to genres and periods. The eighteen contributors, acknowledged scholars in their fields, describe and evaluate significant published works, give a sense of trends in scholarship and criticism, and indicate areas for fruitful research. A key to the abbreviations used is provided. An index is also provided, giving references to literary and historical figures referred to throughout the book as well as authors of the works surveyed. (Author/JF)
Le pays des ombres roman by Louis Owens( Recording )

2 editions published in 2015 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Other destinies : understanding the American Indian novel
Mixedblood messages : literature, film, family, placeDark river : a novelThe sharpest sightBone game : a novelThe grapes of wrath : trouble in the promised landWolfsongNightlandI hear the train : reflections, inventions, refractionsAmerican literary scholarship : an annual, 1964
Alternative Names
Louis Owens Amerikaans romanschrijver (1948-2002)

Owens, Louis Dean.

Луис Оуэнс

オウエンズ, ルイス

English (154)

French (12)

Danish (4)

Japanese (2)

German (1)