Thomas King

August 2012
3 black and white illustrations
374 pages
9x6 in
European Studies in North American Literature and Culture
ISBN: 9781571134356
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT000000, LIT004060, LIT004080

Thomas King

Works and Impact

Edited by Eva Gruber

A comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the work of one of the foremost Native North American writers and his reception and influence.
Thomas King is one of North America's foremost Native writers, best known for his novels, including Green Grass, Running Water, for the DreadfulWater mysteries, and for collections of short stories such as One Good Story, That One and A Short History of Indians in Canada. But King is also a poet, a literary and cultural critic, and a noted filmmaker, photographer, and scriptwriter and performer for radio. His career and oeuvre have been validated by literary awards and by the inclusion of his writing in college and university curricula. Critical responses to King's work have been abundant, yet most of this criticism consists of journal articles, and to date only one book-length study of his work exists. Thomas King: Works and Impact fills this gap by providing an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of all major aspects of King's oeuvre as well as its reception and influence. It brings together expert scholars to discuss King's role in and impact on Native literature and to offer in-depth analyses of his multifaceted body of work. The volume will be of interest to students and scholars of literature, English, and Native American studies, and to King aficionados. Contributors: Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber, Julia Breitbach, Stuart Christie, James H. Cox, Marta Dvorak, Floyd Favel, Kathleen Flaherty, Aloys Fleischmann, Marlene Goldman, Eva Gruber, Helen Hoy, Renée Hulan and Linda Warley, Carter Meland, Reingard M. Nischik, Robin Ridington, Suzanne Rintoul, Katja Sarkowsky, Blanca Schorcht, Mark Shackleton, Martin Kuester and Marco Ulm, Doris Wolf. Eva Gruber is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Eva Gruber
Thomas King's Abo-Modernist Novels - Marta Dvorak
"Wide-Angle Shots": Thomas King's Short Fiction and Poetry - Reingard M. Nischik
"Turtles All the Way Down": Literary and Cultural Criticism,Coyote Style - Robin Ridington
Thomas King Meets Indigenous Convergent Media - Stuart Christie
Rewriting Genre Fiction: The DreadfulWater Mysteries - Julia Breitbach
"All My Relations": Thomas King's Coyote Tetralogyfor Kids - Doris Wolf
Is This the Indian You Had in Mind? The Reception ofThomas King - Renée Hulan
Is This the Indian You Had in Mind? The Reception of Thomas King - Linda Warley
"Coyote Conquers the Campus": Thomas King's Presence inEducation - Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber
King's Contestatory Intertextualities: Sacred and Secular,Western and Indigenous - Marco Ulm
King's Contestatory Intertextualities: Sacred and Secular, Western and Indigenous - Martin Kuester
Thomas King's Humorous Traps - Aloys N.M. Fleischmann
"Have I Got Stories-" and "Coyote Was There": ThomasKing's Use of Trickster Figures and the Transformation ofTraditional Materials - Mark Shackleton
"One Good Story": Storytelling and Orality in ThomasKing's Work - Blanca Schorcht
Maps, Borders, and Cultural Citizenship: CartographicNegotiations in Thomas King's Work - Katja Sarkowsky
One Good Protest: Thomas King, Indian Policy, andAmerican Indian Activism - James H. Cox
"Sometimes It Works and Sometimes It Doesn't": GenderBlending and the Limits of Border Crossing in Green Grass,Running Water and Truth & Bright Water - Suzanne Rintoul
Storytelling in Different Genres: A Conversation withThomas King - Eva Gruber
Thomas King and the Art of Unhiding the Hidden - Marlene Goldman
The Truth about Thomas - Helen Hoy
Misdirection Is Still a Direction: Thomas King as a Teacher - Carter Meland
Tom King and the Dead Dog Café - Kathleen Flaherty
Dead Dog Café: Being an Indian on Air - Favel
Works by Thomas King
Selected Literary Criticism of Works by Thomas King(including Interviews)
Notes on the Contributors


P]rovides a thorough analysis of King's role as a writer and storyteller. . . . One key chapter, Reingard Nischik's . . ., provides the first-ever treatment of King's poetry. . . . In his contribution, . . . James Cox examines King's response to US/Canadian Indian legislation and activist responses to it. . . . Most important, the last of the book's five parts provides an invaluable bibliography of all of King's work (including his photography) and critical essays about it. Recommended. All academic readers. CHOICE

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