Encyclopedia of American Indian literature /

Other Authors: McClinton-Temple, Jennifer., Velie, Alan R., 1937-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Facts on File, c2007.
Series: Encyclopedia of American ethnic literature
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Review by Choice Review

McClinton-Temple (King's College, PA) and Velie (Univ. of Oklahoma; editor, American Indian Literature: An Anthology, rev. ed., 1991) offer a guide to works of American Indian literature and culture. The strengths of this reference work are its inclusion of male and female American Indian authors from a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, children's literature, and nonfiction. The volume covers the 19th century to the present, with entries on topics such as alcoholism, orality, humor, trickster figures, and sovereignty. The introduction offers a brief but useful history of American Indian literature. The A-Z organization of the entries can be problematic since authors, titles of works, and subjects are all listed alphabetically with little distinction, so that "Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories Simon Ortiz (1999)" is directly followed by an entry for "Miranda, Deborah," after which comes "missionaries." The number of bibliographies at the end of each entry varies from none to over a dozen. The appendixes contain a brief bibliography of general secondary sources on American Indian literature and a selected bibliography of works by American Indian authors. Although the latter is useful, it lacks cross-references, as do the entries themselves. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels. C. Fuchs Mina Rees Library/CUNY Graduate Center

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Review by Booklist Review

Although information on Native American authors can be found in numerous reference works, this encyclopedia offers a more holistic survey. It is a compact volume that covers authors, specific titles of literary works and films, and important themes in one alphabetical arrangement. From the earliest author included, Samson Occom (1723-92), to today's more commonly known authors, such as Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich, there is an attempt to include authors of all genres and levels of critical acclaim. One of the strengths of the volume is the individual entries for many of the major works of Native American, Native Alaskan, and Canadian literature. Assisting a student looking for criticism or even summaries of literature outside the standard canon is a common reference dilemma, and the articles for specific works of literature will be valuable in solving this problem. Moreover, the bibliographies that follow many of the articles on literary works will assist students in further research. The articles on aspects of Native American life, themes, and styles, such as American Indian drama, Gaming, Pow wow, Reservation life, and Trickster figures help to provide background and put the literature into a context. The appendix listing works by major American Indian authors is a handy resource in itself. Although informative and useful, this volume is probably not the resource for scholars. Rather, it is appropriate for students from high school through the early undergraduate level. It is more current and expansive than Gale's Native North American Literature (1994) and ABC-CLIO's Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes (1999), and its price puts it within reach of most libraries that would want to own it.--Hoover, Danise Copyright 2007 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

English teachers McClinton-Temple (King's Coll., Pennsylvania) and Velie (Univ. of Oklahoma; Shakespeare's Repentance Plays: The Search for an Adequate Form), both of whom claim American Indian literature as a specialty, construe the "American Indian" of the title to mean the indigenous peoples inhabiting the lower 48 states, Alaska, and Canada. "Literature," meanwhile, encompasses not only such staples of the oral tradition as songs and tales but also some decidedly non-Native forms of self-expression, e.g., film and theater. Going beyond merely cataloging author names and book titles, the book features 392 signed and cross-referenced A-to-Z articles, many of which delve into varied influences, e.g., "native `chic'" examines image and stereotype as reflected in the written word. The bulk of the entries are concise, averaging three to five paragraphs in length; the overview essays of tribal literatures, on the other hand, range from two to three pages. The lack of illustrations is offset by three bibliographies made up of a short list of relevant works following each entry, a catalog of the best-known books by major American Indian authors, and a concise roster of secondary sources. The contributors list is a nice touch, although information on some individuals is pretty sketchy. BOTTOM LINE Kathy J. Whitson's Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes (ABC-CLIO, 1999) is comparatively somewhat dated and, at approximately 300 pages, less extensive. This book brings together solid information from scattered sources, facilitating research on an esoteric subject. Recommended for all public and academic reference collections.-Michael F. Bemis, Washington Cty. Lib., Woodbury, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Organized alphabetically, and cross-referenced within each signed article, this work covers American Indian literature and writers in the United States and Canada from the late 1700s to today. It discusses literary works, significant subjects (reservation life, sovereignty, humor) and broad topics (children's and regional literature, poetry) as they relate to American Indians, and also presents brief biographies of Indian writers. The introduction highlights several significant authors, many of whom have written in more than one genre. It also charts the complexity of determining which writers or works to include, as there are some authors whose status as Indian might be questionable, and some who write about issues that are not specifically relevant to their culture. Most of the analysis included is glowingly positive. Also, coverage in certain articles (gender, boarding schools, Wounded Knee) clearly exhibits a pro-Indian point of view. In contrast, other entries in the same volume temper assertions using phrases such as "it is widely agreed that" or "many experts say." Despite this subjectivity, the writing is clear and accessible throughout and has broad gender and geographic coverage. A brief bibliography follows most articles. There is a comprehensive index and bibliographies of works by selected authors and of secondary sources. Although Kathy J. Whitson's Native American Literatures (ABC-CLIO, 1999) is similar in focus and audience, this fine volume can support both literature and American-Indian studies and will be a worthwhile and timely addition.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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