Reservation Blues

A Novel

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480457175

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

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Winner of the American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize, Sherman Alexie’s brilliant first novel tells a powerful tale of Indians, rock ’n’ roll, and redemption Coyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington State—and the entire rest of the world. Thomas Builds-the-Fire takes vocals and bass guitar, Victor Joseph hits lead guitar, and Junior Polatkin rounds off the sound on drums. Backup vocals come from sisters Chess and Checkers Warm Water. The band sings its own brand of the blues, full of poverty, pain, and loss—but also joy and laughter. It all started one day when legendary bluesman Robert Johnson showed up on the Spokane Indian Reservation with a magical guitar, leaving it on the floor of Thomas Builds-the-Fire’s van after setting off to climb Wellpinit Mountain in search of Big Mom. In Reservation Blues, National Book Award winner Alexie vaults with ease from comedy to tragedy and back in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures: Delta blues and Indian rock. This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

A Study Guide for Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410356558

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 27

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A Study Guide for Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Understanding Sherman Alexie

Author: Daniel Grassian

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570035715

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 211

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Offers a chronological examination of the work of the Native American novelist, poet, filmmaker, and short story writer.

Native American Literatures

An Introduction

Author: Suzanne Evertsen Lundquist

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826415981

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 315

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Following the structure of other titles in the Continuum Introductions to Literary Genres series, Native American Literatures includes: A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements. A timeline of developments within the genre. Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading in the genre. Detailed readings of a range of widely taught texts. In-depth analysis of major themes and issues. Signposts for further study within the genre. A summary of the most important criticism in the field. A glossary of terms. An annotated, critical reading list. This book offers students, writers, and serious fans a window into some of the most popular topics, styles and periods in this subject. Authors studied in Native American Literatures include: N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, James Welch, Linda Hogan, Gerald Vizenor, Sherman Alexie, Louis Owens, Thomas King, Michael Dorris, Simon Ortiz, Cater Revard and Daine Glancy>

Beginning Ethnic American Literatures

Author: Helena Grice,Candida Hepworth,Maria Laudet,Martin Padget

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719057632

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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This text is designed to introduce students not only to ethnic American writers, but also to the cultural contexts and literary traditions in which their work is situated.

H wie Habicht

Author: Helen Macdonald

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 384371147X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Der Spiegel-Bestseller Der Tod ihres Vaters trifft Helen unerwartet. Erschüttert von der Wucht der Trauer wird der Kindheitstraum in ihr wach, ihren eigenen Habicht aufzuziehen und zu zähmen. Und so zieht das stolze Habichtweibchen Mabel bei ihr ein. Durch die intensive Beschäftigung mit dem Tier entwickelt sich eine konzentrierte Nähe zwischen den beiden, die tröstend und heilend wirkt. Doch Mabel ist nicht irgendein Tier. Mabel ist ein Greifvogel. Mabel tötet. »Um einen Greifvogel abzurichten, muss man ihn wie einen Greifvogel beobachten, erst dann kann man vorhersagen, was er als Nächstes tun wird. Schließlich sieht man die Körpersprache des Vogels gar nicht mehr – man scheint zu fühlen, was der Vogel fühlt. Die Wahrnehmung des Vogels wird zur eigenen. Als die Tage in dem abgedunkelten Raum vergingen und ich mich immer mehr in den Habicht hineinversetzte, schmolz mein Menschsein von mir ab.« Helen Macdonald Ein Buch über die Erinnerung, über Natur und Freiheit - und über das Glück, sich einer großen Aufgabe von ganzem Herzen zu widmen. »[Macdonalds] anschaulicher Stil – verblüffend und außerordentlich präzise – ist nur ein Teil dessen, was dieses Buch ausmacht. Die Geschichte vom Abrichten Mabels liest sich wie ein Thriller. Die allmählich und behutsam anwachsende Spannung lässt den Atem stocken ... Fesselnd.« Rachel Cooke Observer * New York Times Bestseller * Costa Award für das beste Buch des Jahres 2014 * Samuel Johnson Prize

Neo-segregation Narratives

Jim Crow in Post-civil Rights American Literature

Author: Brian Norman

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820337358

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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This study of what Brian Norman terms a neo-segregation narrative tradition examines literary depictions of life under Jim Crow that were written well after the civil rights movement. From Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye, to bestselling black fiction of the 1980s to a string of recent work by black and nonblack authors and artists, Jim Crow haunts the post-civil rights imagination. Norman traces a neo-segregation narrative tradition--one that developed in tandem with neo-slave narratives--by which writers return to a moment of stark de jure segregation to address contemporary concerns about national identity and the persistence of racial divides. These writers upset dominant national narratives of achieved equality, portraying what are often more elusive racial divisions in what some would call a postracial present. Norman examines works by black writers such as Lorraine Hansberry, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, David Bradley, Wesley Brown, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Colson Whitehead, films by Spike Lee, and other cultural works that engage in debates about gender, Black Power, blackface minstrelsy, literary history, and whiteness and ethnicity. Norman also shows that multiethnic writers such as Sherman Alexie and Tom Spanbauer use Jim Crow as a reference point, extending the tradition of William Faulkner's representations of the segregated South and John Howard Griffin's notorious account of crossing the color line from white to black in his 1961 work Black Like Me.

Mama Tandoori

Roman

Author: Ernest van der Kwast

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641187567

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Der Vater hegt keinerlei Zweifel: es wird ein Mädchen. Die Geburtsanzeige für Eva van der Kwast liegt bereits beim Drucker. Als dann sehr zur Bestürzung der Eltern in einer Klinik in Bombay 1981 der kleine Ernest das Licht der Welt erblickt, nimmt ein nicht ganz unbelastetes Verhältnis zwischen Sohn und Eltern seinen Lauf. In seinem autobiografisch gefärbten Roman präsentiert Ernest van der Kwast einen bunten Reigen von Charakteren, von Bollywood Star Onkel Sharma bis zu seiner Tante Jasleen, einer einstmals erfolgversprechenden Siebenkämpferin. Allen voran aber seine Mutter, die Matriarchin des Klans, geliebt und gefürchtet, eine Tyrannin mit dem Herzen einer Löwin. Eine Frau von eisernem Willen, beinahe absurder Gründlichkeit und bei aller Stärke erfüllt von einer tiefen Traurigkeit um ihren behinderten Sohn Ashirwad. Sie ist es, bei der alle Fäden der Geschichte zusammenlaufen. »Mama Tandoori« lässt einen Staunen, Nachdenken und Lachen - ein wunderbar witziges Famlienporträt, das mitten ins Herz trifft.

Frühstück bei Tiffany

Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036992588

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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In der flirrenden Atmosphäre des New Yorker Hochsommers lässt sich die 18-jährige Holly Golightly vom Strom des leichten Lebens treiben. Mit Charme und Einfallsreichtum schlägt sie sich durch zwischen Bohemiens und Playboys. Sie weiß, wie man eine Party feiert. Und sie weiß, was hilft, sobald sie vom »roten Elend« überfallen wird, dieser unbestimmten Furcht: ein Abstecher zu Tiffany.

Adaptation Theory and Criticism

Postmodern Literature and Cinema in the USA

Author: Gordon E. Slethaug

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623562015

Category: Art

Page: 288

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Traditional critics of film adaptation generally assumed a) that the written text is better than the film adaptation because the plot is more intricate and the language richer when pictorial images do not intrude; b) that films are better when particularly faithful to the original; c) that authors do not make good script writers and should not sully their imagination by writing film scripts; d) and often that American films lack the complexity of authored texts because they are sourced out of Hollywood. The 'faithfulness' view has by and large disappeared, and intertextuality is now a generally received notion, but the field still lacks studies with a postmodern methodology and lens.Exploring Hollywood feature films as well as small studio productions, Adaptation Theory and Criticism explores the intertextuality of a dozen films through a series of case studies introduced through discussions of postmodern methodology and practice. Providing the reader with informative background on theories of film adaptation as well as carefully articulated postmodern methodology and issues, Gordon Slethaug includes several case studies of major Hollywood productions and small studio films, some of which have been discussed before (Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York, and Do the Right Thing) and some that have received lesser consideration (Six Degrees of Separation, Smoke, Smoke Signals, Broken Flowers, and various Snow White narratives including Enchanted, Mirror Mirror, and Snow White and the Huntsman). Useful for both film and literary studies students, Adaptation Theory and Criticism cogently combines the existing scholarship and uses previous theories to engage readers to think about the current state of American literature and film.

Beyond the "imaginary Indian"

zur Aushandlung von Stereotypen, kultureller Identität & Perspektiven in/mit indigener Gegenwartsliteratur

Author: Nancy Grimm

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter

ISBN: 9783825355036

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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Vor dem Hintergrund geschichtlich entwickelter und gegenwartiger Indianerbilder verdeutlicht diese Studie die Moglichkeiten des interkulturellen Verstehens bzw. des Fremdverstehens mittels acht detaillierter Romananalysen indigener Gegenwartsliteratur. Das Potenzial der untersuchten Texte wird nicht nur fur das Fremdverstehen sondern insbesondere auch in Bezug auf die Dekonstruktion von Indianerstereotypen diskutiert. Die behandelten Romane der Autoren Maria Campbell, James Welch, Paula Gunn Allen, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louis Owens, Louise Erdrich, Michael Dorris, Thomas King und Sherman Alexie eroffnen in unterschiedlichem Ausmass intra-, inter- wie auch transkulturelle Kommunikationsprozesse, welche die allgemeine Vermittlerfunktion indigener Gegenwartsliteratur bestatigen. Entsprechend weisen Werke der indigenen Gegenwartsliteratur, in denen transdifferente und somit universelle kulturelle und gesellschaftliche Problem- und Zielstellungen verhandelt werden, ein besonderes Potenzial fur die Forderung des Fremdverstehens auf. Ferner wirken diese Schriften Indianerstereotypen in angemessenem Ausmass entgegen; Stereotype, die auch gegenwartig noch in den USA und Deutschland als stark fixiertes Darstellungs- und Perzeptionsinventar auftreten. In diesem Forschungsinteresse begrundet sich zudem die Ansiedlung dieser Studie an der Schnittstelle zwischen Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaft und Fachdidaktik.

Klezmer's Afterlife

An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany

Author: Magdalena Waligorska

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019999580X

Category: Music

Page: 336

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Klezmer in Europe has been a controversial topic ever since this traditional Jewish wedding music made it to the concert halls and discos of Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest and Prague. Played mostly by non-Jews and for non-Jews, it was hailed as "fakelore," "Jewish Disneyland" and even "cultural necrophilia." Klezmer's Afterlife is the first book to investigate this fascinating music scene in Central Europe, giving voice to the musicians, producers and consumers of the resuscitated klezmer. Contesting common hypotheses about the klezmer revival in Germany and Poland stemming merely from feelings of guilt which emerged in the years following the Holocaust, author Magdalena Waligorska investigates the consequences of the klezmer boom on the people who staged it and places where it occurred. Offering not only a documentation of the klezmer revival in two of its European headquarters (Krak?w and Berlin), but also an analysis of the Jewish / non-Jewish encounter it generates, Waligorska demonstrates how the klezmer revival replicates and reinvents the image of the Jew in Polish and German popular culture, how it becomes a soundtrack to Holocaust commemoration and how it is used as a shining example of successful cultural policy by local officials. Drawing on a variety of fields including musicology, ethnomusicology, history, sociology, and cultural studies, Klezmer's Afterlife will appeal to a wide range scholars and students studying Jewish culture, and cultural relations in post-Holocaust central Europe, as well as general readers interested in klezmer music and music revivals more generally.

Alien Visions

The Chechens and the Navajos in Russian and American Literature

Author: Margaret Ziolkowski

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874139266

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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There are many parallels and some revealing differences in the encounter between, on the one hand, the Americans and various Indian tribes and, on the other, the Russians and some of the peoples of the Caucasus and Siberia. The enduring cultural consequences of these encounters provide a fruitful area of inquiry for the comparative examination of national images in literatures. The major focus on this study is the perceptions and literary portrayal of the Chechens by the Russians and the Navajos by the Americans. Both the Chechen in Russian literature and the Navajo in American literature are often constructs, images derived from a potent combination of prejudices and received assumptions. In each case a relatively sizable corpus of writings produced over a century or longer exemplifies or attempts to counter persistent and influential modes of cultural stereotyping. The diachronic analysis of the portrayal of either the Chechens or the Navajos illuminates patterns of prejudice that have immense implications for both popular and high culture. The juxtaposition of the discussion of the two groups as they have been treated in Russian and American literature can deepen our understanding of the commonalities present in attempted cultural domination or ethnic idealization. Margaret Ziolkowski is Professor of Russian at Miami University, Ohio.