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EN304 Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine, 1984/1993

Highly Recommended

Louis Erdrich’s Love Medicine: A Casebook, ed. by Hertha D. Sweet Wong (Oxford University Press, 2000)

The Chippewa Landscape of Louise Erdrich, ed. by Allan Chavkin (University of Alabama Press, 1999)

Peter G. Beidler & Gay Barton, A Reader’s Guide to the Novels of Louise Erdrich (University of Missouri Press, 1999)

Lorena L. Stookey, Louise Erdrich: A Critical Companion (Greenwood Press, 1999)

Some Relevant Chapters in the Secondary Reading

“Ethnicity and Immigration,” in Campbell & Kean, American Cultural Studies.

“Identity & Belief,” & “The American Novel,” in Mitchell & Maidment, The United States in the Twentieth Century: Culture. (Brief mentions only!)

“Native Americans meet Native Europeans,” & “American Foreign Policy and Domestic Politics, 1960-76,” in Carroll & Noble, The Free and the Unfree.


Michael Apted dir. Thunderheart (Tristar Pictures, 1992)

John Ford dir. Cheyenne Autumn (Warner Brothers, 1964)

Further Reading

Paula Gunn Allen, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering The Feminine In American Indian Traditions (Boston : Beacon Press, 1992)

Joseph Bruchac, Survival This Way : Interviews With American Indian Poets (University of Arizona Press, 1987)

Laura Coltelli, Winged Words: American Indian Writers Speak (University of Nebraska Press, 1990)

Helena Grice, Candida Hepworth, Marie Lauret & Martin Paget. Beginning Ethnic American Literatures. Manchester University Press, 2001.

Arnold Krupat, Ethnocriticism : Ethnography, History, Literature, (University of California Press, 1992) (look out for volumes edited by Krupat as well)

Tony Hillerman, Sacred Clowns (1993)

Iverson, Peter. “We Are Still Here”: American Indians in the Twentieth Century. Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, 1998.

Isabel Schneider, We Have A Commonalty and a Common Dream (Peter Lang, 1998)

Louis Owens, Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel (University of Oklahoma Press, 1992)

James Ruppert, Mediation In Contemporary Native American Fiction (University of Oklahoma Press, 1995)

Lewis Hyde, Trickster Makes This World : Mischief, Myth, And Art, (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998)

Wilson, James. The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America. London: Picador, 1998.

Other Native American Writers

Leslie Marmon Silko, Paula Gunn Allen, Linda Hogan, Sherman Alexie, Thomas King, N. Scott Momaday, Louis Owens, Gerald Vizenor — (please ask me for specific suggestions depending on your individual interests.)