Language and Signs: An Interview with Ojibwe Novelist David Treuer

Kirwan, Padraig. 2009. Language and Signs: An Interview with Ojibwe Novelist David Treuer. Journal of American Studies, 43(1), pp. 71-88. ISSN 0021-8758 [Article]

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The publication of David Treuer's (Ojibwe) Native American Fiction: A User's Manual (2006) initiated something of a controversy within Native American Literary Studies. Interpreted as an assault on the political and cultural meaning of tribal fiction, the collection has been critiqued by those who argue that indigenous specificity is reflected by a distinct, and specific, Native American literary aesthetic. In this interview Treuer clarifies his position, explains his dual concern for Ojibwe traditions and tribal fiction, and discusses the genesis of his novels Little (1995), The Hiawatha (1999), and The Translation of Dr Apelles (2007).

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