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Reading the fire : the traditional Indian literatures of America

Author: Jarold Ramsey
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : Rev. and expandedView all editions and formats
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"Reading the Fire engages America's "first literatures," traditional Native American tales and legends, as literary art and part of our collective imaginative heritage. This revised edition includes four new essays."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jarold Ramsey
ISBN: 0295977876 9780295977874
OCLC Number: 40752829
Description: xxvii, 332 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Creations and Origins --
2. Coyote and Friends: An Experiment in Interpretive Bricolage --
3. The Poetry and Drama of Healing: The Iroquoian Condolence Ritual and the Navajo Night Chant --
4. From Mythic to Fictive in a Nez Perce Orpheus Myth --
5. "The Hunter Who Had an Elk for a Guardian Spirit," and the Ecological Imagination --
6. The Wife Who Goes Out like a Man, Comes Back as a Hero: The Art of Two Oregon Indian Narratives --
7. Uncursing the Misbegotten in a Tillamook Incest Story --
8. Genderic and Racial Appropriation in Victoria Howard's "The Honorable Milt" [Howard] --
9. Simon Fraser's Canoe; or, Capsizing into Myth [Fraser]. 10. Fish-Hawk and Other Heroes --
11. Retroactive Prophecy in Western Indian Narrative --
12. The Bible in Western Indian Mythology --
13. Ti-Jean and the Seven-headed Dragon: Instances of Native American Assimilation of European Folklore --
14. Francis La Flesche's "The Song of Flying Crow" and the Limits of Ethnography [La Flesche] --
15. Tradition and Individual Talents in Modern Indian Writing [Indians, Indigenous, Aboriginal or Native peoples, First Nations].
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Engages Native American tales and legends as literary art and part of our collective imaginative heritage. Moves from origin and trickster narratives and Indian ceremonial texts into interpretations  Read more...

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American scholarship needs more of what Ramsey has done here: his work is a careful, detailed, but also sympathetic and profound study of the myths he has examined. -- Dell Skeels * Pacific Northwest Read more...

 
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