Stories in a New Skin: Approaches to Inuit Literature (Contemporary Studies of the North ) (Paperback)

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In an age where southern power-holders look north and see only vacant polar landscapes, isolated communities, and exploitable resources, it is important to point out that the Inuit homeland is, in fact, united by extensive philosophical, political, and literary traditions. Stories in a New Skin is a seminal text that confirms the “national” scope of Inuit literature and introduces a model for Inuit literary criticism. Author Keavy Martin analyzes writing and storytelling from a range of genres and historical periods—the classic stories and songs of the oral tradition, life writing, oral histories, and contemporary fiction, poetry, and film—and discusses the ways in which these texts constitute a national literary tradition. She highlights characteristics of Inuit intellectual discourse, demonstrates potential approaches to the material, and introduces ways of drawing methodologies from the texts themselves.

About the Author


Keavy Martin is associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780887557361
ISBN-10: 0887557368
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2012
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Contemporary Studies of the North