Sending My Heart Back Across the Years : Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography
Using contemporary autobiography theory and literary, historical, and ethnographic approaches, Wong explores the transformation of Native American autobiography from pre-contact oral and pictographic personal narratives through late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century life histories to written contemporary autobiographies. This book expands the definition of autobiography to include non-written forms of personal narrative and non-Western concepts of self, highlighting the incorporation of traditional tribal modes of self-narration with Western forms of autobiography and charting the historical transition from orality to literacy.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 146.3 x 224 x 22.4mm | 530.71g
- 01 Dec 1996
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
A remarkable synthesis....Well written, well organized, and insightful....A book that will endure on the shelves of those who work in the fields of American-Indian history, American-Indian literature, oral history, and in the fields of biography and autobiography in the United States. * Florida Historical Review *