A number of contemporary Native American authors incorporate elements of fantasy into their fiction, while several non-Native fantasy authors utilize elements of Native America in their storytelling. Nevertheless, few experts on fantasy consider American Indian works, and few experts on Native American studies explore the fantastic in literature. Now an international, multi-ethnic, and cross-disciplinary group of scholars investigates the meaningful ways in which fantasy and Native America intersect, examining classics by American Indian authors such as Louise Erdrich, Gerald Vizenor, and Leslie Marmon Silko, as well as non-Native fantasists such as H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling. Thus these essayists pioneer new ways of thinking about fantasy texts by Native and non-Native authors, and challenge other academics, writers, and readers to do the same.
Praise for Intersection of Fantasy and Native America:
The essays in Sturgis and Oberhelman’s The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America open our eyes to the kinship between families of literature hitherto seen as separate-fantasy and Native American fiction-showing their interconnections in subject matter, in techniques of dream and trance and magical realism and post-modern meta-narrative, and most importantly, in their ability to penetrate appearances in search of underlying truths. The result is that we see each in light of the other and both as parts of the larger, so-called “mainstream,” and as essential to our understanding of literature, its writers and readers, in the 21st century.
—Verlyn Flieger, Professor of English, University of Maryland at College Park, Author of Interrupted Music, A Question of Time, and Splintered Light
With excellent and accessible scholarship, this book opens wide the door of Native American mythology and fantasy by connecting it with the fantasy many of us already know and love. I'm now convinced there's a vast treasure store of fantasy I haven't even begun to experience, and there's nothing more exciting than that for the lover of fantasy fiction!
—Travis Prinzi, Author of Harry Potter and Imagination and Editor of Hog’s Head Conversations
1. “Coming to America”: Fantasy and Native America Explored, an Introduction
By David D. Oberhelman
2. Meeting at the Intersection: The Challenges Before Us
By Amy H. Sturgis
3. The Racist and La Raza: H.P. Lovecraft’s Aztec Mythos
Marc A. Beherec
4. Lucy’s Sisters in the New World: The Native American Female as Seer in Modern Mythopoeic Fantasy
Grace Walker Monk
5. Vizenor the Trickster: Postmodernism Versus Terminal Creeds and Cultural Schizophrenia
6. In Defense of Trickster Fantasies: Comparing the Storytelling of Innocent IV and Gerald Vizenor
7. Native American Myths and Legends in William T. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
8. Artistic Form and the Supernatural in Pushing the Bear
Joe R. Christopher
9. Spirit Voices - The Fantastical Journey of Omakayas in Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence
Melanie Ann Hanson
10. Ceremony's Fantastic Stories
11. Dreaming with the Dead: Convergent Spaces in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Aimee Bender’s “Dreaming in Polish”
12. Tayo’s Odyssey: The Traits of Fantasy in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
13. Feminine and Masculine in Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes
The book is now available at Amazon and directly from Mythopoeic Press. I also will have a few signed copies available through my website.