The Black Indian in American Literature

Authors: Byars-Nichols, K.

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The first book-length study of the figure of the black Indian in American Literature, this project explores themes of nation, culture, and performativity. Moving from the Post-Independence period to the Contemporary era, Byars-Nichols re-centers a marginalized group challenges stereotypes and conventional ways of thinking about race and culture.

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Keely Byars-Nichols is an Assistant Professor of English at Mount Olive College, USA.

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"This is the first study of its kind - a very well-written and researched analysis of a literary field that is currently under-developed, if not entirely undeveloped. The research is rigorous; the critical framework is carefully located; the readings are detailed and fascinating; and the structure - drawing the reader chronologically through a range of literary developments surrounding the figure of the black Indian - works well to situate the study within existing historical studies. The book is firmly situated at the forefront of a new and exciting field of literary study." - Rebecca Tillett, Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture, University of East Anglia, UK, and author of Contemporary Native American Literature

"This book takes up the thorny and perhaps leftover question in black Indian Studies: not why classifications are made, but how such classifications become reified in communities and in the literature that seeks to serve them. Perpetually worrying the boundary between culture and race, between Indianness and blackness, Byars-Nichols brings new light to canonical works by Melville, Morrison, Faulkner, and Silko, providing insightful readings for scholars in the field. This study is very necessary - scholars will find much to engage here." - Sharon P. Holland, Associate Professor, English & African and African American Studies Departments, Duke University, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction Within Our Bosom and on Our Borders: Negotiating Shared Black and Native Histories

    Byars-Nichols, Keely

    Pages 1-15

  • Assuming the Habit of the Country: John Marrant’s

    Byars-Nichols, Keely

    Pages 16-34

  • Domesticated Savagery: Blackness and Indigeneity in Herman Melville’s

    Byars-Nichols, Keely

    Pages 35-54

  • On Precarious Footing: William Faulkner’s Sam Fathers and the Specter of Slavery

    Byars-Nichols, Keely

    Pages 55-72

  • Black Nationalism and Native Separatism Unhinged: Toni Morrison’s

    Byars-Nichols, Keely

    Pages 73-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Black Indian in American Literature
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38918-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137389183
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38917-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48228-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 129
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