English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2019


Material Matters: Paratextual Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Indigenous Book History, focuses on Indigenous authors during the long nineteenth century, from 1772 to 1936, to examine the known “firsts” of Indigenous literature. Starting with the first book published by a Native author and moving to other first entries into Indigenous literary production, I argue that the reprints, editions, and paratextual elements of Indigenous books embody a frontline of colonization as Indigenous authors battle the public perception of Indigenous books and negotiate the representations of Indigenous bodies.

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First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Jesse Alemán

Second Committee Member

Dr. Beth Piatote

Third Committee Member

Dr. Phillip Round

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Aeron Haynie

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Available for download on Tuesday, May 11, 2021