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Art as performance, story as criticism : reflections on native literary aesthetics

Author: Craig S Womack
Publisher: Norman, OK : University of Oklahoma Press, [2009] ©2009
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: Pick up a work of typical literary criticism and you know what to expect: prose that is dry, pedantic, well-meaning but tedious-slow-going and essentially humorless. But why should that be so? Why can't more literary criticism have a political edge and be engaging, fast-paced, even humorous? Why can't criticism become an artistic performance, rather than just a discussion of art? Art as Performance, Story  Read more...
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Womack, Craig S.
Art as performance, story as criticism
(DLC) 2009006876
(OCoLC)311074760
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Craig S Womack
ISBN: 9780806186658 0806186658
OCLC Number: 893910255
Description: 1 online resource (406 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Song of Roe Náld --
Art, death, desire --
Christine among the Winonas: some thoughts on E Pauline Johnson's prose in writing --
In cold type: style and criticism --
Caught in the current, clinging to a twig --
Aestheticizing a political debate: can the confederacy be snug back together? --
Lynn Riggs's other Indian plays --
Uncle Jimmy's personal emissary --
Lightning, a play in two acts --
Baptists and witches: multiple jurisdictions in a Muskogee Creek story --
Resisting the easy connection --
Take me back to Turkey, Texas, I'm too young to bury: the riot explained --
Indian decadence: I want the Texas Playboys at my private party, and I want to sit in with the band --
Beth Brant and the aesthetics of sex --
Sappho's round dance --
Index.
Responsibility: Craig Womack.

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Overview: Pick up a work of typical literary criticism and you know what to expect: prose that is dry, pedantic, well-meaning but tedious-slow-going and essentially humorless. But why should that be so? Why can't more literary criticism have a political edge and be engaging, fast-paced, even humorous? Why can't criticism become an artistic performance, rather than just a discussion of art? Art as Performance, Story as Criticism is Craig Womack's answer to these questions. Inventive and often outrageous, the book turns traditional literary criticism on its head, rejecting distanced, purely theoretical argumentation for intimate engagement with literary works. Focusing on Native American literature, Womack mixes forms and styles. He is unafraid to combine meticulous research and carefully considered historical perspectives with personal reactions and reflections. The book's chapters include original short stories and dramas, along with essays that more closely resemble traditional literary criticism, such as Womack's discussions of the lesser-known plays of Lynn Riggs and the stories of Durango Mendoza. Throughout, the author offers his take on the Cherokee freedmen issue, the ban on gay marriage, and other controversies. Womack breathes new life into literary analysis and introduces criticism to a wider audience. Radical, groundbreaking, and refreshing, Arts as Performance, Story as Criticism reinvents literary criticism for the twenty-first century.

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