Sending My Heart Back Across the Years

Sending My Heart Back Across the Years : Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 146.3 x 224 x 22.4mm | 530.71g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195069129
  • 9780195069129

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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 *
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