H-150v. Indigenous Book History in Virtual Space - Advance Reading List

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  • Preliminary Advices

    This list is in the order in which readings will be discussed in class. It is a lot. Two books to read entirely are Indigenous Intellectuals by Kiara Vigil and Research is Ceremony by Shawn Wilson. Most readings are either individual articles or chapters selected from larger works. In some instances, we have asked you to read the introduction and skim the body of the text rather than making specific selections. 

    Under Recommended Reading we list readings that are directly relevant to the course but are a lower priority than the Required list. 

  • Required Readings

    For Day 1: 

    Vigil, Kiara. Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and The American Imagination, 1880-1930. New York: Cambridge UP, 2015.

    Wilson, Shawn. Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2008.

    Duarte, Marisa. Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet Across Indian Country. Introduction & Chapter 1: “Network Thinking” p. 3–25. 

    For Day 2: 

    Calloway, Colin. One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. Read Prologue.

    Deloria, Philip J. et al. “Unfolding Futures: Indigenous Ways of Knowing for the Twenty-first Century.” Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 147, no. 2 (Spring 2018). Mt. Pleasant, Alyssa  et al. “Materials and Methods in Native American and Indigenous Studies: Completing the Turn.” William and Mary Quarterly 75, no. 2 (April 2018): 207–36. 

    Wolfe, Patrick. “Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native.” Journal of Genocide Research 8, no. 4 (2006): 387–409.

    McKee, Stuart. “How Print Culture Came to Be Indigenous.” Visible Language 44, no. 2 (May 2010): 161–86. [Open access online journal]

    Delucia, Christine. Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast. New Haven: Yale UP, 2018. Read Introduction and Chapters 5 and 6.

    O’Brien, Jean M. . Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Read: “Introduction: Indians Can Never Be Modern.” and “Chapter 4: Resisting: Claims in Texts about Indian Extinction Fail Even as They are Being Made.”

    For Day 3: 

    Radus, Daniel. “Margaret Boyd’s Quillwork Histories.” Early American Literature 53, no. 2: 513–37. https://www.jstor.org/stable/90022201

    Wisecup, Kelly. “‘Meteors, Ships, Etc.’: Native American Histories of Colonialism and Early American Archives.” American Literary History 30, no. 1 (January 2018): 29–54. https://doi.org/10.1093/alh/ajx046

    Piatote, Beth H. Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature. Yale University Press, 2013. Chapter: “Entangled Love: Marriage, Consent, and National Belonging in Works by E. Pauline Johnson and John M. Oskison,” and “The Long Arm Of Lone Wolf: Disciplinary Paternalism and the Problem of Agency in D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded.” 

    Hutchinson, Elizabeth . The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915. Durham: Duke UP, 2009. Chapter 1: “Unpacking the Indian Corner” and Chapter 5: “Angel DeCora’s Cultural Politics” 

    For Day 4: 

    Leroy, Justin. “Black History in Occupied Territory: On the Entanglements of Slavery and Settler Colonialism.” Theory & Event 19, no. 4 (2016). Project MUSE, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/633276  

    Estes, Nick. Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. London, New York: Verso, 2019. Read Prologue & Chapter 2 (1–23, 67–87). 

    Nakamura, Lisa. “Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women and the Racialization of Early Electronic Manufacture.” American Quarterly 66, no. 4 (2014): 919–41. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/aq.2014.0070

  • Recommended Readings

    Round, Phillip. Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 

    The History of the Book in America, a five-volume set edited by David Hall and published by University of North Carolina Press, is a vast repository of information on the Anglo-American book from the colonial era to the close of the 21st century. The entire set is useful, but these selections relate to individual class sessions:  

    Volume 1: The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World:

    • Hall, David . “Introduction.”p. 1–25.
    • Amory, Hugh. “Chapter 1: Reinventing the Colonial Book.” p. 26–54. 


    Volume 2: An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the NewNation, 1790-1840:

    • Gross, Robert A. “Introduction: An Extensive Republic.” p. 1–50
    • O’Connell, Barry. “Literacy and Colonization: The Case of the Cherokees.”


    Volume 3: The Industrial Book, 1840-1880: Casper, Scott E. “Introduction.” p. 1–39. 


    Volume 4: Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1940:

    • Kaestle, Carl F. and Janice A. Radway. “A Framework for the History of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1940.” p. 7–21.
    • Ohmann, Richard. “Diverging Paths: Books and Magazines in the Transition to Corporate Capitalism.” p. 102–15.
    • Benton, Megan. “Unruly Servants: Machines, Modernity, and the Printed Page.” p. 151–69
    • Garvey, Ellen Gruber. “Ambivalent Advertising: Books, Prestige, and the Circulation of Publicity.” p. 170–90.


    Volume 5: The Enduring Book, Print Culture in Postwar America:

    • Schudson, Michael. “General Introduction: The Enduring Book in a Multimedia Age.” p. 1–22.
    • Luey, Beth. “The Organization of the Book Publishing Industry.” p. 29–54.
    • Danky, James P. “The Oppositional Press.” p. 269–85. 
    • Rubin, Joan Shelley. “The Enduring Reader.” p. 412–31. 


    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.