Literary Criticism Native American
Theorizing the Americanist Tradition
- University of Toronto Press
- Initial publish date
- Dec 1999
- Native American, Essays, Cultural
- Publish Date
- Dec 1999
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This collection challenges the prevailing notion that the Americanist Tradition in anthropology, typified by Franz Boas and his colleagues, is atheoretical. Contributions from twenty five distinguished scholars are brought together here to provide a comprehensive, accessible, state-of-the-art appraisal of interdisciplinary research in the areas of anthropology, linguistics, and Native Studies.
Participants in this dialogue accepted the challenge of making their underlying theoretical assumptions explicit. Topics range from historical debates in anthropology and linguistics to recent innovations within the Americanist Tradition. The search for authenticity is brought to bear on discussion of changing traditions in texts and literacy, in linguistics and education, and in contemporary discourse spanning the Americas.
Debate on the future of the Americanist Tradition forms a critical part of this collection. The volume juxtaposes Canadian and American theoretical work on language and revitalizes a shared tradition centred on the study of meaning. Readers are invited to enter this vibrant and open-ended Americanist discourse.
About the authors
LISA PHILIPS VALENTINE is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario.
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Regna Darnell is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology Emerita at the University of Western Ontario. She is coeditor of The Franz Boas Papers, Volume 1: Franz Boas as Public Intellectual—Theory, Ethnography, Activism (Nebraska, 2015). Darnell is the general editor of the multivolume series The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition and co-editor of the Critical Studies in History of Anthropology series.
Other titles by Regna Darnell
History of Theory and Method in Anthropology
The History of Anthropology
A Critical Window on the Discipline in North America
Centering the Margins of Anthropology's History
Histories of Anthropology Annual, Volume 14
The Social Life of Standards
Ethnographic Methods for Local Engagement
Disruptive Voices and the Singularity of Histories
Tracking Anthropological Engagements
Historicizing Theories, Identities, and Nations
Local Knowledge, Global Stage
Corridor Talk to Culture History
Public Anthropology and Its Consequences
The Franz Boas Papers, Volume 1
Franz Boas as Public Intellectual—Theory, Ethnography, Activism