Indigenous Women's Writing and the Cultural Study of Law

University of Toronto Press, 8 may. 2017 - 208 páginas

In Indigenous Women s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, Cheryl Suzack 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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Indigenous Womens Writing Storytelling and Law
Gendering the Politics of Tribal Sovereignty Santa Clara Pueblo v Martinez 1978 and Ceremony 1977
The Legal Silencing of Indigenous Women Racine v Woods 1983 and In Search of April Raintree 1983
Colonial Governmentality and GenderViolence State of Minnesota v Zay Zah 1977 and The Antelope Wife 1998
Land Claims Identity Claims Manypenny v United States 1991 and Last Standing Woman 1997
For an IndigenousFeminist Literary Criticism
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Cheryl Suzack is an associate professor of English and Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Batchewana First Nation.

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