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Western Literary Canon Revisited in Thomas Kings Green Grass, Running Water



Year of publication 2008
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference National Literatures in the Globalized World
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords native american literature; literary canon; Thomas King
Description A Native American is, in Louis Owens's words, a product of literature, history and art. Readers form their ideas of what Native Americans should be like from features and deeds of Native American characters inhabiting canonical texts. No matter how much sympathetic to indigenous population the writers of those texts were, such a presentation was always done from the white man's point of view and served the white man's needs. Thomas King, a contemporary Native Canadian novelist, re-visits such canonical texts and offers surprising interpretations.

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