Indigenous Women's Writing and the Cultural Study of Law

University of Toronto PressSKU: 9781442628588

Author:
Cheryl Suzack
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nation:
Ojibway
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
208
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Copyright Data:
2017

Price:
Sale price$29.95

Description

In Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, Cheryl Suzack, a member of the Batchewana First Nation, explores Indigenous women’s writing in the post-civil rights period through close-reading analysis of major texts by Leslie Marmon Silko, Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, Louise Erdrich, and Winona LaDuke.

Working within a transnational framework that compares multiple tribal national contexts and U.S.-Canadian settler colonialism, Suzack sheds light on how these Indigenous writers use storytelling to engage in social justice activism by contesting discriminatory tribal membership codes, critiquing the dispossession of Indigenous women from their children, challenging dehumanizing blood quantum codes, and protesting colonial forms of land dispossession. Each chapter in this volume aligns a court case with a literary text to show how literature contributes to self-determination struggles. Situated at the intersections of critical race, Indigenous feminist, and social justice theories, Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law crafts an Indigenous-feminist literary model in order to demonstrate how Indigenous women respond to the narrow vision of law by recuperating other relationships–to themselves, the land, the community, and the settler-nation.

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