Swann, B. On the translation of Native American literatures. 1992.

North America in 1492 Europeans didn't encounter these tribes all at one time Different explorers found different nations, each tribe was different Characteristics of Native American Literature Socioeconomic and Political Climate The British colonies had a communal culture in which only males could participate in civic and political matters. Every colony had its own form of local government the local populations participated extensively in politics Each colony had a system of governance including a governor, council of officials appointed by the governor, and elected assembly Historical and Political Authors Passage To America, 1750 At the end of the seventeenth century approximately 200,000 people inhabited the British colonies in North America Many of the immigrants were too poor to pay for the journey and therefore indentured themselves to wealthier colonialists - selling their services for a period of years in return for the price of the passage Edward Taylor is considered

Walker, C. Indian Nation: Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms. 1997.

Paula Gunn Allen made an impact on both fiction and poetry, and on the anthropological understanding of Native American culture, making her a must-read for anyone exploring Native American literature. Among her fictional work, The Woman Who Owned the Shadows, her only novel, is a must-read, as is her collection of poems, Life Is a Fatal Disease. Both were inspired by Pueblo oral traditions and stories. Allen also produced impressive non-fiction work, perhaps most notably her book The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, a controversial work in which she argues that women played a much larger role in Native societies than was recorded by the largely patriarchal Europeans in their writings.


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The MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures or Languages is one of seventeen awards to be presented on January 7, 2017 during the association’s annual convention in Philadelphia. The prize is awarded for an outstanding scholarly study of Native American literature, culture or languages written by a member of the association.