Indigenous North American Drama

A Multivocal History

Edited by Birgit Däwes

Subjects: Indigenous Studies, Drama, American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Literary Criticism
Series: SUNY series, Native Traces
Paperback : 9781438446608, 244 pages, January 2014
Hardcover : 9781438446615, 244 pages, January 2013

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Table of contents

Performing Memory, Transforming Time: History and Indigenous North American Drama
Birgit Däwes
Part I. Indigenous North American Performance: Surveys and Methodologies
1. A Short History of Native Canadian Theatre
Henning Schäfer
2. Native American Drama: A Historical Survey
Ann Haugo
3. Burning Texts: Indigenous Dramaturgy on the Continent of Life
Tamara Underiner
Part II. Individual Hi/stories: Visions, Practice, Experience
4. Coyote Transforming: Visions of Native American Theatre
Rolland Meinholtz
5. From SALVAGE to Selvage: The Restoration of What Is Left
Diane Glancy
6. “Shakes Spear” Isn’t an Indian Name?
Daniel David Moses

7. Theatre: Younger Brother of Tradition
Floyd Favel
8. Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way
Monique Mojica
9. “I don’t write Native stories, I write universal stories”: An Interview with Tomson Highway
Birgit Däwes
Part III. Representations of History: Critical Perspectives
10. Voices of Cultural Memory: Enacting History in Recent Native Canadian Drama
Marc Maufort
11. “If you remember me…”: Memory and Remembrance in Monique Mojica’s Birdwoman and the Suffragettes
Günter Beck
12. Translating Ab-Originality: Canadian Aboriginal Dramatic Texts in the Context of Central European Theatre
Klára Kolinská
Works Cited

Traces the historical dimensions of Native North American drama using a critical perspective.


Responding to an increasing need for critical perspectives and methodologies, this collection traces the historical dimensions of Native North American drama through overviews of major developments, individual playwrights' perspectives, and in-depth critical analyses. Bringing together writers and scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe, Indigenous North American Drama provides the first comprehensive outline of this vibrant genre. It also acknowledges the wide diversity of styles and perspectives that have helped shape contemporary Native North American theater itself. This interdisciplinary introduction offers a basis for new readings of Native American and First Nations literature at large.

Birgit Däwes is Professor of American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany. She is the author of Native North American Theater in a Global Age: Sites of Identity Construction and Transdifference and Ground Zero Fiction: History, Memory, and Representation in the American 9/11 Novel.


"This collection of essays is an excellent resource for all scholars in the field … Highly recommended. " — CHOICE