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date: 23 October 2020

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As a disciplinary field, American Indian literary studies are deeply entrenched within and accountable to American Indians, which are seemingly reluctant to embrace and make use of the terms and trajectories of transnational scholarly paradigms. At the same time, American Indian scholarship cautiously invests in and promotes the so-called transnational turn. This chapter argues that the ethical commitments of American Indian literary studies have resulted in an illuminating but tentative encounter with the transnational turn. It examines the revision and reconfiguration of transnational scholarly approaches within American Indian literary studies, discusses how the entrenched nationalist tendency in American Indian literary studies and the transnational turn conspire to engender “Indigenous trans/nationalism” as a productive theoretical construct, and examines Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe’s 2007 novel Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story in the context of nationalism and transnationalism, as well as its characterization of the Four Mothers Society.

Keywords: American Indians, literary studies, transnational turn, Indigenous trans/nationalism, LeAnne Howe, Miko Kings, Four Mothers Society, nationalism, transnationalism

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