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Louis Owens

Writing Land and Legacy
Edited by Joe LockardA. Robert Lee



Louis Owens: Writing Land and Legacy explores the wide-ranging oeuvre of this seminal author, examining Owens’s work and his importance in literature and Native studies. Of Choctaw, Cherokee, and Irish American descent, Owens’s work includes mysteries, novels, literary scholarship, and autobiographical essays. Louis Owens offers a critical introduction and thirteen essays arranged into three sections: “Owens and the World,” “Owens and California,” and “The Novels.” The essays present an excellent assessment of Owens’s literary legacy, noting his contributions to American literature, ethnic literature, and Native American literature and highlighting his contributions to a variety of theories and genres. The collection concludes with a coda of personal poetic reflections on Owens by Diane Glancy and Kimberly Blaeser. Libraries, students, scholars, and the general public interested in Native American literature and the landscape of contemporary US literature will welcome this reflective volume that analyzes a vast range of Louis Owens’s imaginative fictions, personal accounts, and critical work.

Contributor Bios
Joe Lockard is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University. He is the author of Watching Slavery: Witness Texts and Travel Reports and the coeditor of Prison Pedagogies: Learning and Teaching with Imprisoned Writers.
A. Robert Lee is the author and editor/coeditor of numerous books, including Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (UNM Press) and Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a, and Asian American Fictions, which won the American Book Award in 2004.