Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine A Casebook

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-11-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Louise Erdrich's first novel, Love Medicine , came out in 1984 to instant and international acclaim. A short story cycle narrated by a variety of different characters, the book chronicles the intertwined histories of Chippewa and mixed-blood families in North Dakota over half a century, laying bare the ordeals and joys of twentieth-century Native American life. Like the other books in the series, this Casebook presents important background material to establish the context of the novel, interviews with the author, and pivotal critical responses to the work.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Contexts: History, Culture, and Storytelling
The Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota: Its History as Depicted in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and The Beet Queenp. 13
From the Time Immemorial: Native American Traditions in Contemporary Short Fictionp. 27
Love Medicine: Voices and Marginsp. 35
Where I Ought to Be: A Writer's Sense of Placep. 43
Mixed Identities and Multiple Narratives
Erdrich and Dorris's Mixed-bloods and Multiple Narrativesp. 53
Celebrating Culture: Love Medicinep. 67
Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: Narrative communities and the Short Story Cyclep. 85
Interviews with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorrisp. 107
Individual and Cultural Survival: Humor and Homecoming
"Her Laugh an Ace": The Function of Humor in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicinep. 115
Opening the Text: Love Medicine and the Return of the Native American Womanp. 136
Interviews with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorrisp. 155
Reading Self/Reading Other
Reading between Worlds: Narrativity in the Fiction of Louise Erdrichp. 163
Reading Louise Erdrich: Love Medicine as Home Medicinep. 179
Vision and Revision in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicinep. 211
Rose Nights, Summer Storms, Lists of Spiders and Literary Mothersp. 220
Chronology of Events in Love Medicinep. 225
Selected Bibliographyp. 229
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