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Literary Indians: Aesthetics and Encounter in American Literature to 1920

Angela Calcaterra


Although cross-cultural encounter is often considered an economic or political matter, beauty, taste, and artistry were central to cultural exchange and political negotiation in early and nineteenth-century America. Part of a new wave of scholarship in early American studies that contextualizes American writing in Indigenous space, Literary Indians highlights the significance of Indigenous aesthetic practices to American literary production. Countering the prevailing notion of the “literary Indian” as a construct of the white American literary imagination, Angela Calcaterra reveals how Native ... More

Keywords: Aesthetics, American literature and culture, Native American literature, American Indian literature, Indigenous literatures, Geography and space in American literature, Native American oral tradition, American literary history, Cross-cultural encounter, Literary representations of Native Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469646947
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Calcaterra, author
University of North Texas