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Sending my heart back across the years : tradition and innovation in Native American autobiography

Author: Hertha Dawn Wong
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using contemporary autobiography theory and literary, historical, and ethnographic approaches, Wong explores the transformation of Native American autobiography from pre-contact oral and pictographic personal narratives through late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century life histories to written contemporary autobiographies. This book expands the definition of autobiography to include non-written forms of personal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Autobiography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hertha Dawn Wong
ISBN: 0195069129 9780195069129
OCLC Number: 24545274
Description: x, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Native American self-narration and autobiography theory: Native American concepts of self, life, and language. The web of self-narration : Native American and Euro-American autobiographical tradition --
2. Pre-contact oral and pictographic autobiographical narratives : coup tales, vision stories, and naming practices: Coup tales. Nineteenth-century plains Indian names and autobiography --
3. Pictographs as autobiography : plains Indian sketchbooks, diaries, and text construction: Sketchbooks of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A Cheyenne diarist and indigenous text production --
4. Literary boundary cultures : the life histories of Plenty-coups, Pretty-shield, Sam Blowsnake, and Mountain Wolf Woman: Two Crow life histories. Two Winnebago life histories. Performance, ceremony, and self-narration --
5. Oral and written collaborative autobiography : Nicholas Black Elk and Charles Alexander Eastman: Nicholas Black Elk. Charles Alexander Eastman --
6. Contemporary innovations of oral traditions : N. Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko: N. Scott Momaday. Leslie Marmon Silko. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Hertha Dawn Wong.
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Using contemporary autobiography theory and literary, historical, and ethnographic approaches, Wong explores the transformation of Native American autobiography from pre-contact oral and pictographic personal narratives through late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century life histories to written contemporary autobiographies. This book expands the definition of autobiography to include non-written forms of personal narrative and non-Western concepts of self, highlighting the incorporation of traditional tribal modes of self-narration with Western forms of autobiography and charting the historical transition from orality to literacy.

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