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Approaches to Teaching the Works of Louise Erdrich

Editor(s): Greg Sarris, Connie A. Jacobs, James R. Giles

Pages: ix & 261 pp.
Published: 2004
ISBN: 9780873529150

"This book will be an essential addition to the library of those who teach Erdrich's work, and it can be helpful for those interested in the complexities of the intersection between folklore and literature."
Journal of American Folklore

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

This volume seeks to enrich teachers--and students--understanding of the fictional world Louise Erdrich creates and to address the challenges of teaching her novels and poetry.

The first part of the book provides background readings that establish a context for teaching Erdrich and acquaint teachers with Native American traditions, history, customs, and culture--especially those of the Ojibwe, or Chippewa. In the second section, experienced teachers of Erdrich discuss the strategies they use to engage students in a sometimes unfamiliar world. Essays provide information on Erdrich's tribe, the Turtle Mountain Chippewa of North Dakota, and an overview of tribal history for the past 150 years; sort through Erdrich's large cast of fictional characters, with their complicated family ties and clan relationships; examine her collaborative relationship with her late husband, Michael Dorris; and offer analysis, cultural references, and approaches to teaching Erdrich's most widely anthologized poems.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Louise Erdrich

Preface to the Volume
Greg Sarris

Connie A. Jacobs

Primary Works
Other Works

Recommended Student Readings

The Instructor's Library
Books on Erdrich
Critical Studies
Cultural Studies
Audiovisual Materials


History and Culture

A History of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Connie A. Jacobs

Of Bears and Birds: The Concept of History in Erdrich's Writings
David T. McNab

Beneath Creaking Oaks: Spirits and Animals in Tracks
Susan Scarberry-García

Sisters, Lovers, Magdalens, and Martyrs: Ojibwe Two-Sisters Stories in Love Medicine
Karah Stokes

Tracing the Trickster: Nanapush, Ojibwe Oral Narration, and Tracks
G. Thomas Couser

Tracking Fleur: The Ojibwe Roots of Erdrich's Novels
Amelia V. Katanski

Erdrich's Fictional World

Family as Character in Erdrich's Novels
Gay Barton

Does Power Travel in the Bloodlines? A Genealogical Red Herring
Nancy L. Chick

"Patterns and Waves Generation to Generation": The Antelope Wife
Alanna Brown

Pedagogical Strategies

An Indigenous Approach to Teaching Erdrich's Works
Gwen Griffin and P. Jane Hafen

Sites of Unification: Teaching Erdrich's Poetry
Dean Rader

"And Here Is Where Events Loop Around and Tangle": Tribal Perspectives in Love Medicine
Paul Lumsden

Tracking the Memories of the Heart: An Approach to Teaching Tales of Burning Love
Debra K. S. Barker

Academic Conversation: Computers, Libraries, the Classroom, and The Bingo Palace
Sharon Hoover

Gender and Christianity: Strategic Questions for Teaching The Last Report on the Miracle at Little No Horse
Peter G. Beidler

Critical and Theoretical Perspectives

Collaboration in the Works of Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris: A Study in the Process of Writing
Tom Matchie

Doubling the Last Survivor: Tracks and American Narratives of Lost Wilderness
John McWilliams

Identity Indexes in Love Medicine and "Jacklight"
James Ruppert

Reading The Beet Queen from a Feminist Perspective
Vanessa Holford Diana

Gender as Drag in The Beet Queen
Kari J. Winter

A Postcolonial Reading of Tracks
Dee Horne

"This Ain't Real Estate": A Bakhtinian Approach to The Bingo Palace
Patrick Houlihan


Genealogical Charts
Nancy L. Chick

Connie A. Jacobs

Important Dates in the History of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Connie A. Jacobs

Study Guides to Eight Erdrich Novels
Peter G. Beidler

Works Cited


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