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Native America

Indigenous Self-Representation in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico


Edited By Jeanette den Toonder, Kim van Dam and Fjære van der Stok

This book focuses on self-representations of several indigenous communities in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. It offers a multifaceted understanding of North American indigenous history, identity, community and forms of culture. Intersecting themes shape the structure of this volume: the first part focuses on the theme of recovery in relation to the literary field, the second part examines the theme of governance through examples of conflict, public government and citizenship, and the final part discusses the theme of increased global movements in relation to the preservation of local traditions. The contributors hope to advance trans-indigenous studies by encouraging productive dialogues across the U.S., Canada and Mexico–U.S. borders.

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Grit Alter is a Postdoc at the Department of Subject Didactics, Section for Language Education at the School of Education at the University of Innsbruck. She finished her PhD project on inter- and transcultural learning in the context of Canadian young adult fiction at Münster University in 2014. She has been a board member of the DGFF (German Association of Foreign Language Research) since 2013. Her research interests include inter- and transcultural learning, teaching literature (children’s literature and young adult fiction), textbook research and new media and TEFL methodology as well as North American studies, esp. Canadian literature. In March 2011, Grit Alter was awarded the Graduate Student Scholarship by the International Council for Canadian Studies.

Hans Bak is professor of American Literature and American Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He served as President of the Netherlands American Studies Association (1990–2000), President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the Netherlands (2000–2003), and Treasurer of the European Association for American Studies (2000–2004). He is the author of Malcolm Cowley: The Formative Years (University of Georgia Press, 1993), the editor of The Long Voyage: Selected Letters of Malcolm Cowley, 1915–1987 (Harvard University Press, 2014), and is currently at work on a full-fledged biography of Cowley. He has published many articles mostly on 20th-century American and Canadian fiction, drama, biography, and the discipline of American Studies; among the volumes he has edited are Multiculturalism and the Canon of American Culture (1993)...

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