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dc.contributor.authorSneider, Leah
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-09T21:01:51Z
dc.date.available2011-02-09T21:01:51Z
dc.date.issued2011-02-09
dc.date.submittedDecember 2010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/12115
dc.description.abstractAn Indigenous feminist approach to Native literature reveals the ways in which Native authors attempt to build balanced relationships and conversations across cultures, nations, and histories. I explore ways that Native authors depict gender violence and male characters who, like Native women, negotiate colonization and assert sovereignty. Doing so offers a new way of reading Native literature that seeks to also decolonize our analytical approaches for similar use across academic disciplines and for practical applications within and outside of academia. I define Indigenous Feminism as the responsibility for the nurturance and growth of Native communities through storytelling as a communal process and action reflecting personal sovereign power. I focus on how these authors adapt traditional knowledge of social balance through ideological subversion. I read literary conventions as creating complementary and reciprocal relationships in order to develop critical awareness thus enacting an Indigenous feminist ideology. An author’s rhetorical and literary use of these principles attempts to create a balanced relationship between reader and author that simultaneously decolonizes readers’ minds. Reading constructions of masculinities in connection with complementarity and reciprocity discloses and helps to understand colonial gender violence thus asserting an Indigenous feminist decolonizing process that seeks to remove colonial ideological shackles. Thus, I read Native texts for a balanced distribution of power across relationships, specifically gender-based relationships and systems of power. This exploration of complementary and reciprocal relationships enables us to read literature as critical responses to gender violence and its effects on both Native men and women. These texts and their authors offer a way of seeing gender identity on a continuum based on both individual and communal needs. Furthermore, such an analysis allows for balanced dialogue needed to uncover a new understanding of shared experiences to effect social change. Therefore, a more inclusive Indigenous feminist perspective presents a new way of recognizing literature and storytelling as social activism, or attempting to affect social justice within the imaginations and ideologies of its readers.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectIndigenous Feminismen_US
dc.subjectNative American Literatureen_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectIndian literatureen_US
dc.subjectdecolonizationen_US
dc.subject.lcshIndians of North America--Ethnic identity
dc.subject.lcshDecolonization in literature
dc.subject.lcshSex role in literature
dc.subject.lcshFeminism
dc.subject.lcshAmerican literature--Indian authors--Criticism and interpretation
dc.titleDecolonizing Gender: Indigenous Feminism and Native American Literatureen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.degreeEnglishen_US
dc.description.levelDoctoralen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Englishen_US
dc.description.advisorScharnhorst, Gary
dc.description.committee-memberWashburn, Kathleen
dc.description.committee-memberGoldstein, Alyosha
dc.description.committee-memberDenetdale, Jennifer


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