Gerald Vizenor American Literature Analysis
Vizenor, a heterodox and demanding writer consistently produces work that is important for its social commentary (which is usually stinging), for its subtle use of story lines (which are sometimes so subtle as to be almost indiscernible), and for its linguistic invention (which is still in the formative stages). A postmodern, poststructuralist writer, Vizenor does not concentrate much attention on individual characters in his novels. Their motivations and development are secondary to Vizenor’s other, more pressing artistic concerns, which have to do with the broader culture and with the conflict between the two major societies upon which his work focuses. The influence of his growing up on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota is evident in most of his writing.
Readers probably absorb Vizenor’s novels best if they read them in chronological order. This is partly because characters recur from novel to novel but also, more cogently, because occurrences from the earlier novels are alluded to meaningfully but with little edifying detail in the later novels. Not having read the earlier novels can limit one’s comprehension of the later ones.
Having suggested a sequential reading, one can then say that in a novel such as The Trickster of Liberty it is not necessary to read the various episodes within the work sequentially. Many of the chapters are independent essays that can be read in any order without reducing the...
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