Man Made of Words

ISBN-10: 0312187424

ISBN-13: 9780312187422

Edition: 1998 (Revised)

Authors: N. Scott Momaday, N. S. Momaday

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Exploring such themes as land, language and identity, The Man Made of Words fashions a definition of American literature as it has never been interpreted before.
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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

A member of the Kiowa tribe, Momaday was born in Oklahoma but grew up on reservations in the Southwest. He was educated at the University of New Mexico and Stanford University, and later taught at Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of Arizona. Momaday lives two lives as a professor of English and Comparative Literature and as a Kiowa tribal dancer and recorder of the Native American experience in this country. "None but an Indian, I think," he has said, "knows so much what it is like to have existence in two worlds and security in neither." This is a theme that runs through his fiction and nonfiction, including his Pulitzer prize winning first novel, House Made of Dawn (1968). Yet, as a Native American and a writer, Momaday finds two sources of identity the land and the language. The former gives strength to the American Indian, whose sense of identification comes from a closeness to the land. The latter connects humankind to ourselves and our world. "Man's idea of himself" finds "old and essential being in language," Momaday has written. Acts of naming, of remembering these are "legendary as well as historical, personal as well as cultural."

The Arrowmaker
The Native Voice in American Literature
To Save a Great Vision
A First American Views His Land
An American Land Ethic
On Indian-White Relations: A Point of View
The Morality of Indian Hating
The Centaur Complex
A Divine Blindness: The Place of Words in a State of Grace
The American West and the Burden of Belief
Sacred Places
Revisiting Sacred Ground
Navajo Place Names
Sacred Images
Zagorsk: To the Spiritual Center of Russia
On Bavarian Byways
Granada: A Vision of the Unforeseen
New Mexico: Passage into Legend
The Homestead on Rainy Mountain Creek
When the Stars Fell
The Indian Dog
The Photograph
An Encounter in Greenland
A Turning Point
Quincy Tahoma
Jay Silverheels
One Morning in Oklahoma
I Wonder What Will Happen to the Land
The Toll Road
Graceful and At Ease
An Element of Piety
The Head of a Man
The Physicians of Trinidad
The Dark Priest of Taos
The Octopus
Dreaming In Place
About the Author
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