Indi'n Humor: Bicultural Play in Native America by Kenneth Lincoln PDF

By Kenneth Lincoln

ISBN-10: 0195068874

ISBN-13: 9780195068870

Drawing upon heritage, psychology, folklore, linguistics, anthropology, and the humanities, this booklet demanding situations "wooden Indian" stereotypes to redefine detrimental attitudes and humorless methods to local American peoples. relocating from tribal tradition to interethnic literature, Lincoln covers the conventional Trickster of foundation myths, old ironies, Euroamericans "playing Indian," feminist Indian humor at domestic, modern painters and playwrights reinventing Coyote, renowned mixed-blood tune and crimson English, and 3 local American novelists, Louise Erdrich, James Welch, and N. Scott Momaday. Indi'n Humor records and translates the contexts of laughter between local american citizens, as they see and are noticeable by means of the remainder of the realm. The examine involves concentration comically at the poets, visible artists, playwrights, and novelists who make up the cultural renaissance of the earlier twenty years.

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10 From a cyclical comic perspective, no one loses if they still play the game. In addition to survival and renewal, a comic vision in these terms can be amicably competitive, even pleasurably engaging. Deloria counts coup (to touch the enemy in plains battle) most sharply on those he has most hope for—anthros, clerics, Congress, curious readers—as Custer Died For Your Sins sets up the comic realism of cultural confrontations. The potshots make both sides think, if disagreeably, then finally dialogically.

Scott Momaday, suggesting "humorous" gender differences to be respected among Indians. Whereas Euroamerican women have sought equality for a century, tribal women were seldom disenfranchised in their cultures. 7 Rather than "stealing" back the language, as Alicia Ostriker sees feminists like Adrienne Rich doing to break into mainstream American poetry,8 literary Indian women like Paula Gunn Allen may simply be voicing their native birthright. " But just what do French feminists like Cixous and Kristeva mean by jouissance, and can we translate the concept toward ethnic feminist humor?

Is there a difference between the use of humor in the old Indian stories and in the contemporary ones? Silko: You know I haven't really thought about whether there's a difference. I'm so attuned to seeing the many similarities. Same thing, referring to the same incident, especially areas in justice, loss of land, discrimination, racism, and so on, that there's a way of saying it so people can kind of laugh or smile . . so you can keep their interest, so you can keep talking to them. Oftentimes these things are told in a humorous way.

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