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Interior Landscapes, Second Edition
Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors
Interior Landscapes, Second Edition
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Gerald Vizenor - Author
Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 338 pages
Release Date: August 2009
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2982-3


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The classic autobiography of the famous Indigenous writer and critic Gerald Vizenor.

The classic memoir by one of the most celebrated Indigenous writers of the modern era, Interior Landscapes offers an unforgettable glimpse of the life and world of Gerald Vizenor. Vizenor writes about his experiences as a tribal mixedblood in the new world of simulations; the themes in his autobiographical stories are lost memories and a “remembrance past the barriers.” The chapters open with natural harmonies and the premier union of the Anishinaabe families of the crane and the first white fur traders. The author bares his fosterage, his ambitions, his contentions with institutions and imposed histories; his encounters as a community advocate, journalist for the Minneapolis Tribune, university teacher, critic, and novelist. Vizenor celebrates chance, or “trickster signatures,” and communal metaphors in these pages: he was hired to teach social sciences at Lake Forest College, his first experience as a teacher, because the head of the department admired his haiku poems; he toured the armorial emblems at Maxim’s de Beijing when it opened on October 1, 1983, in the People’s Republic of China; he wrote about the suicide of Dane White and the murderer Thomas White Hawk; he rescued his dreams from the skinwalkers at the Clyde Kluckhohn house in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and, as an editorial writer, he followed the American Indian Movement from Custer to Rapid City, from Calico Hall on the Pine Ridge Reservation to Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Teasing, revealing, and irresistible, Interior Landscapes charts the fascinating life of a brilliant Anishinaabe writer.

The new edition contains a wealth of new photographs and information on the journey of Gerald Vizenor.

“The Chippewa writer Gerald Vizenor is at once a brilliant and evasive trickster figure … He is perhaps the supreme ironist among American Indian writers of the twentieth century.” — N. Scott Momaday

“Instead of trying to walk the thin, often invisible line between art and politics, history and future, Vizenor dances on both sides, knowing all too well that in our time politics can become myth and vice versa.” — San Francisco Review of Books

Gerald Vizenor, a citizen of the White Earth Reservation, is Distinguished Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. His many books include Fugitive Poses: Native American Indian Scenes of Absence and Presence; Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance; Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57; and Survivance: Narratives of Native Presence.

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Table of Contents

1. Families of the Crane

2. January 1934: Thank You, George Raft

3. June 1936: Measuring My Blood

4. March 1938: Crossing the Wires

5. June 1941: The End of the War

6. October 1943: Silence in the Third Grade

7. December 1946: Saturnalia at Dayton’s

8. July 1947: Many Point Scout Camp

9. August 1948: The Titan of Green Lake

10. May 1949: The Trickster and Libertina

11. July 1950: The Masturbation Papers

12. June 1951: One More Good Home

13. December 1951: Death by Elevator

14. September 1952: The Pink Flamingos

15. April 1953: The End of an Alphabet

16. September 1954: The Trees of the Emperor

17. March 1955: When the Mist Clears

18. June 1955: The Moon over Matsushima

19. January 1956: King Lear in a Wheelchair

20. June 1956: Return to Salvation

21. October 1957: Death Song to a Red Rodent

22. June 1960: Haiku in the Attic

23. April 1966: The New Fur Traders

24. June 1968: The Second Coming

25. May 1970: Water Striders at Lake Forest

26. March 1973: Avengers at Wounded Knee

27. January 1980: The Russians and Jack London

28. June 1986: Santa Fe Skinwalkers

29. September 1989: Honor Your Partners

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