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Racialization and Indigeneity

I’m revisiting Jodi Byrd’s book The Transit of Empire right now, as I work on revising my dissertation. There’s some disagreement between my advisor and myself about my use of her theories, in part because I didn’t incorporate her as effectively or as precisely as I like, and in part because he finds my harsh criticisms… Continue reading Racialization and Indigeneity

american literature · dissertation · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies

notes on Todd Downing

I’m working on the final chapter in my dissertation. The focus is Todd Downing, an Oklahoma-born Choctaw who wrote detective fiction in the 1930s and 1940s. His featured detective, Hugh Rennert, works for the U.S. Department of the treasury–work that often takes him into Mexico where he finds himself the witness or bystander in murder… Continue reading notes on Todd Downing

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies · pedagogy · Politics of Education · Teaching

Owning Up to Our Mistakes: Pedagogy, Accountability, and Authority

I came across this article as I was scrolling through Facebook a few days ago. Chiitaanibah Johnson, a Native American student, was expelled from class in a university for disagreeing with a professor who said that “genocide isn’t really what happened” to the indigenous population in North America. This professor also glossed over slavery and land theft… Continue reading Owning Up to Our Mistakes: Pedagogy, Accountability, and Authority

African American Studies · american literature · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies

Thoughts on Essentialism/Antiessentialism in (anti)Race Discourse

I’ve been reading lots and lots and lots and lots of theory lately. I have my comprehensive exams for my PhD coming up. I’m doing a lot with the concept of ethnicity in my work, since I decided to craft a reading list that looks at ethnic literature around the United States. I have some… Continue reading Thoughts on Essentialism/Antiessentialism in (anti)Race Discourse

art · graduate school · memoir · Native American Studies · personal · Writing

Emerald City Nostalgia and Red Dirt Revelations

I wrote this piece as part of an application to a writer’s residency. It’s a new kind of writing for me, but it’s the kind of writing that I want to do–intellectual work informed by personal experience. My intellectual pursuits makeup most of my life, and I always feel as if my academic projects contain… Continue reading Emerald City Nostalgia and Red Dirt Revelations

american literature · Ethnicity Studies · Ethnography · graduate school · Native American Studies · Writing

James Clifford and the Predicament of Culture

Early in my academic career, I encountered Paula Gunn Allen. A woman of Laguna-Sioux and Lebanese American heritage, she is the first indigenous studies scholar I encountered. I read her essay “Kochinnenako in Academe: Three Approaches to Interpreting a Keres Indian Tale” in my undergraduate literary and critical theory course. I was a senior, in my… Continue reading James Clifford and the Predicament of Culture

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies

Brief thoughts on Chadwick Allen’s Blood Narrative

Chadwick Allen’s Blood Narrative presents an interesting problem for me. It’s an excellent book, performing a comparison and analysis of activism and literature of American Indians and Maoris in the early contemporary period. Allen examines many of the ways that Maoris and American Indians situations differed in terms of politics, demographic, and population. The main differences for Maoris… Continue reading Brief thoughts on Chadwick Allen’s Blood Narrative