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Unsettling the literary canon

Cherokee scholar and writer Daniel Heath Justice provides an overview of Indigenous literary traditions in Canada

CRITICISM

*Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

Daniel Heath Justice

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN living in a cave, you’ve no doubt encountered ongoing public conversations about Indigenous writing and storytelling. What is it? Whom should we read? And perhaps the most contentious debate: who gets to tell these stories? Why Indigenous Literatures Matteraddresses all these questions and more. Building on an extensive oeuvre of Indigenous literary studies, Daniel Heath Justice, a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation, offers generous and clear points of entry for readers of all backgrounds, incorporating accessible scholarship, personal anecdotes, and close readings of texts.

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