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It's here! I am very pleased to announce the release of my latest book project, The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko.

The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America

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
Tripper Ryder

6. In Defense of Trickster Fantasies: Comparing the Storytelling of Innocent IV and Gerald Vizenor
Sean Corbin

7. Native American Myths and Legends in William T. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
Michael Hemmingson

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
Lauren Lacey

11. Dreaming with the Dead: Convergent Spaces in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Aimee Bender’s “Dreaming in Polish”
Aaron Tillman

12. Tayo’s Odyssey: The Traits of Fantasy in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
Punyashree Panda

13. Feminine and Masculine in Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes
Mark Holland

The book is now available at Amazon and directly from Mythopoeic Press. I also will have a few signed copies available through my website.


( 31 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, dear!
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Congrats EH! I know I heard about this from you before, but cool all the same.
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats! This looks awesome!
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Awesome! ::adds to Christmas list::
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
Nov. 6th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! What wonderful comments, too! *hugs!*
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm thrilled!
Nov. 6th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Still love that cover art.
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! We're so fortunate to have Melissa Gay's art on the cover. She's amazing. I'm still in awe with what she did for my Lewis book:
Past Watchful Dragons
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Nov. 6th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
congratulations - this looks very intersting indeed.
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Nov. 6th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Major congrats -- also cong-mice, cong-voles, & at least one moth-eaten cong-hamster!
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! :) Thank you so much!
Nov. 6th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Looks fantastic! Congratulations.
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Nov. 6th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I went to Amazon and it's already out of stock [g]
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Good grief! \o/ It should be back in stock very, very soon. Yikes.
Nov. 7th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I *love* the cover art!
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's such a joy to have Melissa Gay's art on the cover again. I adored what she did for Past Watchful Dragons, and she really outdid herself for this. I'm absolutely thrilled.
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm so excited for you!! I was thrilled when I received your email about this and I know you must be so happy that this project has come to its completion and can be shared with the world. ♥
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! This project has been in the works since I gave the keynote talk on which it's based, and that's been years. I'm so thrilled it's finally together and available. And, of course, it's extra special to me because of Melissa Gay's remarkable artwork. Is she amazing, or what? Thank you for your ongoing encouragement and support, in this and all things. *huge hugs*
Nov. 7th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
How exciting! *puts on reading list*
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
Nov. 7th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's just me, but the title for number five sounds frighteningly pretentious.
Dec. 28th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Never fear! I address that here.
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