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That the People Might LiveLoss and Renewal in Native American Elegy$
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Arnold Krupat

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451386

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451386.001.0001

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Elegy in the “Native American Renaissance” and After

Elegy in the “Native American Renaissance” and After

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That the People Might Live

Arnold Krupat

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines elegy in the “Native American Renaissance” and after, starting with the elegiac autobiographical text The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969) by N. Scott Momaday and “Prologue” from Linda Hogan's novel Solar Storms (1995). It also considers Gerald Vizenor prose elegy for a red squirrel, along with elegiac work attributed to various Native American poets such as Sherman Alexie, Jim Barnes, Kimberly Blaeser, Jimmie Durham, Lee Francis, Lance Henson, Maurice Kenny, Adrian Louis, Simon Ortiz, Carter Revard, and Ralph Salisbury. Many of these elegiac poems engage in various forms of melancholic mourning by telling the stories, reciting the names, and remembering those who have died, so that the People might live.

Keywords:   elegy, Native American Renaissance, The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday, Linda Hogan, prose elegy, Gerald Vizenor, Native American poets, elegiac poems, melancholic mourning

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