Nineteenth-Century Native American Autobiography The Evolution Of Native American Autobiography - Essay

The Evolution Of Native American Autobiography

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff (essay date 1990)

SOURCE: "Three Nineteeth-Century American Indian Autobiographers," in Redefining American Literary History, edited by A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff and Jerry W. Ward, Jr., The Modern Language Association of America, 1990, pp. 251-69.

[In the essay that follows, Ruoff contends that Native American autobiographies became more intensely focused on Native American-white political relations, and more self-reflectively literary, over the course of the nineteenth century.]

Since the early nineteenth century, American Indians have written personal narratives and autobiographies more consistently than any other form of...

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