H-150. A History of Native American Books & Indigenous Sovereignty - Advance Reading List

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  • Preliminary Advices

    There are two larger works assigned as advanced reading for this course, with several more listed as recommended reading. Given the breadth of the topic and variety of perspectives students bring to the course, we suggest that you allow your interests to guide you in the recommended reading list. Please prioritize readings on this list marked with an asterisk.

  • Required Reading

    Round, Phillip. Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663–1880. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Round’s work is the first, and only, book-length study of the subject of our course. His book is the central text for the course up to 1880. For the period after 1880, we will rely more heavily on our other main text: A History of the Book in America.

    The five volumes comprising A History of the Book in America are a vast repository of information on the Anglo-American book from the colonial era to the close of the twenty-first century.  The entire set is useful, though we have selected the following as assigned reading for this course:

    Amory, Hugh and David D. Hall, eds. A History of the Book in America, Volume 1: The Colonial Book in the Atlantic WorldWorcester & Cambridge: American Antiquarian Society & Cambridge University Press, 2000; reprinted in paper by University of North Carolina Press). Read pp. 1–25 (“Introduction” by David D. Hall) and pp. 26–54 (“Reinventing the Colonial Book” by Hugh Amory).

    Gross, Robert A. and Mary Kelley, eds. A History of the Book in America, Volume 2: An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790–1840Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Read pp. 1–50 (“Introduction” by Robert A. Gross) and pp. 495–515 (“Literacy and Colonization: The Case of the Cherokees” by Barry O’Connell).

    Casper, Scott E., Jeffrey D. Groves, Stephen W. Nissenbaum, & Michael Winship, eds. A History of the Book in America, Volume 3: The Industrial Book, 1840–1880Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. Read pp. 1–39 (“Introduction” by Scott E. Casper).

    Kaestle, Carl F. and Janice A. Radway. A History of the Book in America, Volume 4: Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1940. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. Read pp. 7–21 (“A Framework for the History of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880–1940” by Carl F. Kaestle and Janice A. Radway); pp. 102–115 (“Diverging Paths: Books and Magazines in the Transition to Corporate Capitalism” by Richard Ohmann); pp. 151–169 (“Unruly Servants: Machines, Modernity, and the Printed Page” by Megan Benton); and pp. 170–190 (“Ambivalent Advertising: Books, Prestige, and the Circulation of Publicity” by Ellen Gruber Garvey).

    Nord, David Paul, Joan Shelley Rubin, and Michael Schudson, eds. A History of the Book in America, Volume 5: The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014. Read pp. 1–22 (“General Introduction: The Enduring Book in a Multimedia Age” by Michael Schudson); pp. 29–54 (“The Organization of the Book Publishing Industry” by Beth Luey); pp. 269–285 (“The Oppositional Press” by James P. Danky); and pp. 412–431 (“The Enduring Reader” by Joan Shelley Rubin).

  • Recommended Reading

    Brannon, Frank. “Metal Type from the Print Shop of the Historical Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 103:3 (September 2009): 319–335.

    Clay, Steven and Rodney Phillips. A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960–1980: A Sourcebook of Information. New York: New York Public Library; Granary Books, 1998.

    * Deloria, Philip J. Indians in Unexpected Places. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2004. Read the “Introduction” and “Technology” chapters in particular.

    Dillon, Grace L. Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2012.

    Emerson, Lori. Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

    Fixico, Donald L. Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945–1960. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1986. Ebook available via ACLS Humanities Ebooks: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=acls;idno=heb03752.

    Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2006. First published in 1972, this book is an essential guide to the materials and mechanics of printing technology as it emerged in Western Europe from the mid-fifteenth century up to 1950. Copies will be on hand in the classroom for reference.

    Herring, Joseph B. “Selling the Noble Savage Myth: George Catlin and the Iowa Indians in Europe, 1843–1845.” Kansas History 29:4 (Winter 2006): 226–245.

    Hoxie, Fred. This Indian Country: American Indian Political Activists and the Place They Made. New York: Penguin, 2012.

    * Hradil, Cassandra. “Interactivity, Indigeneity, and the Digital Imaginary.” Amherst College Honors Thesis, 2017. http://indigenousimaginary.com.

    Hutchinson, Elizabeth. “From Pantheon to Indian Gallery: Art and Sovereignty on the Early Nineteenth-Century Cultural Frontier.” Journal of American Studies 47:2 (May 2013): 313–337.

    * Hutchinson, Elizabeth. The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890–1915. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009. Chapters 1 and 5 in particular.

    Igloliorte, Heather, Julie Nagam, and Carla Taunton, eds. Public 54: Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital.

    * Justice, Daniel Heath. Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

    Konkle, Maureen. Writing Indian Nations: Native Intellectuals and the Politics of Historiography, 1827–1863. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

    * Lewis, Jason Edward. “Preparations for a Haunting: Notes toward an Indigenous Future Imaginary.” In The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age, edited by Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, and Tamar Tembeck, 229–49. Electronic Mediations: 51. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

    Loft, Steven and Kerry Swanson, eds. Coded Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: University of Calgary Press, 2014.

    * McKee, Stuart. “How Print Culture Came to Be Indigenous.” Visible Language 44:2 (1 May 2010): 161–186.

    * O’Brien, Jean. Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Introduction in particular.

    * Piatote, Beth H. Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature. Yale University Press, 2013.

    Radus, Daniel. “Margaret Boyd’s Quillwork Histories.” Early American Literature (forthcoming 2018).

    Roanhorse, Rebecca et al. “Decolonizing Science Fiction And Imagining Futures: An Indigenous Futurisms Roundtable.” Strange Horizons (30 January 2017).

    Rosenthal, Nicolas G. Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration & Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

    Smith, Paul Chaat and Robert Allen Warrior. Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. New York: New Press, 1996.

    Townsend, Melanie A., Dana Claxton, and Steve Loft. Transference, Tradition, Technology: Native New Media Exploring Visual & Digital Culture. Banff, Alta.: Walter Phillips Gallery Editions, 2005.

    2Bears, Jackson. “A Conversation with Spirits Inside the Simulation of a Coast Salish Longhouse.” CTheory (29 April 2010).

    * Vigil, Kiara. Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1880–1930. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

    Vizenor, Gerald. “Edward Curtis: Photography and Disanalogy.” In Visual Representations of Native Americans: Transnational Contexts and Perspectives, edited by Karsten Fitz. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter, 2012.

    * Wisecup, Kelly. ““Meteors, Ships, Etc.” Native American Histories of Colonialism and Early American Archives.” American Literary History 30:1 (1 January 2018): 29–54.

    Womack, Craig S., Daniel Heath Justice, and Christopher B. Teuton, eds. Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

  • General/Reference Works on Native American History and Literature

    Calloway, Colin. First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016. Textbook published in multiple editions since 1999. Calloway has published extensively on Native history and all of his books are worth seeking out.

    Cox, James H. and Daniel Heath Justice, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

    Hoxie, Fred, ed. Encyclopedia of North American Indians. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

    Madsen, Deborah L., ed. The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. New York: Routledge, 2016.

    Porter, Joy, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  • Other Media

    Kiara Vigil interview with Amherst alumnus Fred Hoxie about This Indian Country: https://www.amherst.edu/news/multimedia/podcasts/node/536832

  • New Books Network: New Books in Native Studies

    We encourage browsing among the many excellent interviews with authors in the field, at http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/native-american-studies/.

    See particularly the interview with Amherst College professor Lisa Brooks about her latest book Our Beloved Kin: http://newbooksnetwork.com/lisa-brooks-our-beloved-kin-a-new-history-of-king-philips-war-yale-up-2018/