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date: 06 April 2020

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American Indian authors such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Simon Ortiz, N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, LeAnne Howe, and Sherman Alexie have shown a remarkable ability to cross genres and have enjoyed success in prose and poetry, nonfiction, criticism, and even drama. Their works have also demonstrated a fascinating interplay between text and image. Artists and writers blend text and image as a way to inhabit, to more fully populate, the visual and verbal landscape of a text. This chapter examines the use of text and image in contemporary American Indian literature and art, focusing on the works of Momaday, Silko, Howe, Marmon, Laura Tohe, Joy Harjo, and Gerald Vizenor. It also looks at two books that combine photographs with fiction and poetry: Stephen Strom’s Secrets from the Center of the World (1989) and Tséyi’/Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly (2005).

Keywords: American Indian authors, poetry, text, image, American Indian literature, art, Joy Harjo, photographs, fiction, Stephen Strom

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