Forked Tongues

Forked Tongues

Speech, Writing and Representation in North American Indian Texts
Murray, David
Distribution: Canada Mexico Philippines Puerto Rico United States of America
Publication date: 03/22/1991
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20650-3
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1992

... creates a new definition of American Indian literary texts as a self-representational genre. This is an intelligent and insightful application of post-modern critical methods to American Indian texts. The scope of the study is broad and ambitious, and the attempt to define Indian self-representations from colonial times to the present is innovative and instructive." —Raymond J. DeMallie

... very suggestive, provocative, engaging... —Studies in American Indian Literatures

... Murray's book establishes itself as the single best introduction to Native American text-making in particular and the betrayals of the translation in general. An essential acquisition for all college and university libraries, and highly recommended for larger public libraries." —Choice

It is a pleasure to recommend with wholehearted enthusiasm David Murray's Forked Tongues." —Western American Literature

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Table of Contents



1. Translation
2. Languages
3. Indian Speech and Speeches
4. Christian Indians: Samson Occom and William Apes
5. Autobiography and Authorship: Identity and Unity
6. Grizzly Woman and her Interpreters
7. Dialogues and Dialogics