Michael Dorris Overviews - Essay


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Louis Owens (essay date 1992)

SOURCE: "Erdrich and Dorris's Mixed Bloods and Multiple Narratives," in his Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel, University of Oklahoma Press, 1992, pp. 192-224.

[In the following excerpt of an essay devoted to Louise Erdrich's writings, Owens examines how Native American identity is constructed in Dorris's A Yellow Raft in Blue Water.]

Despite the importance of N. Scott Momaday's Pulitzer Prize for House Made of Dawn in 1969, no American Indian author has achieved such immediate and enormous success as Louise Erdrich with her first novel, Love Medicine. A bestseller, Love...

(The entire section is 2941 words.)