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Narrating North American Borderlands

Thomas King, Howard F. Mosher and Jim Lynch

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Evelyn P. Mayer

The study centers on the presentation of the North American borderlands in the works of Canadian Native writer Thomas King’s Truth & Bright Water (1999), American writer Howard Frank Mosher’s On Kingdom Mountain (2007), and American writer Jim Lynch’s Border Songs (2009). The three authors describe the peoples and places in the northeastern, middle and northwestern border regions of the USA and Canada. The novels address important border-oriented aspects such as indigeneity, the borderlands as historic territory and as utopian space, border crossing and transcendence, post-9/11 security issues, social interaction along the border, and gender specifics. The interpretation also examines the meaning of border imaginaries, border conceptualizations, and the theme of resistance and subversion.
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Abenaki, 115, 120, 126, 127, 140, 142, 143–44, 147, 151, 152, 153, 155 abolition of slavery, 131, 141, 145 abolitionists, 133, 154 aboriginality, 49, see also indigeneity activism, 107 Adorno, Theodor W., 104 African Americans, 113–15, 117, 131, 133, 137, 139, 140–42, 145, 149, 154 agency, 29, 39, 41, 61, 91, 101, 143 Akwesasne, 20, 36, 174 Alberta, 20, 65, 68, 71, 84, 85 Alberta-Montana borderlands, 65, 68–69, 84 Alper, Donald K., 41 American Civil War, 115, 116, 131, 137, 140, 145, 149 American Indians, 23, 48, 61, 68, see also Indians American Indian Studies, 48 American Revolution, 42 American Studies, 23, 28, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 68, 197, see also North American Stud- ies and Transnational American Studies Anderson, Benedict, 16, 40, 89 Andrews, Jennifer, 50, 67–72, 75, 76, 86–87, 98, 99, 106 Anzaldúa, Gloria, 37, 58 appropriation, 53; reappropriation, 50, 103, 120 arbitrariness, 14, 69, 80, 81, 158, 167, 168, 174, 195, 196, 198 artifacts, 50, 59, 79 Ashcroft, Bill, 46 assimiliation, 19, 21, 35 authenticity, 66, 87, 88, 90, 104, 144 autonomy, 35, 36, 82, see also sover- eignty Baldwin, James, 114 barnstormers, 128, 131 belonging, 17, 41, 42, 42, 51, 68, 98, 108, 111, 115, 116, 121, 126, 130, 133, 136, 138, 140, 146, 149, 159, 165, 179, 200 bentwood box, 85, 105 “betwixt and between,” 19, 99, 188, see also Turner, Victor beyond, notion of, 5, 13, 16, 19, 24,...

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