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a non-profit organization devoted to the study of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, the Inklings, and the genres of myth and fantasy



October 29, 2009 This book is now available from the Mythopress Press: The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America »

Mythopoeic Press: The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America Announced

Posted on July 06, 2009

The Mythopoeic Press announces its forthcoming title.

The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America:
From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko

Edited by Amy H. Sturgis and David D. Oberhelman

The Intersection of Fantasy and Native AmericaA number of contemporary Native American authors incorporate elements of fantasy into their fiction, while a number of non-Native fantasy authors incorporate elements of Native America into their storytelling. New insights can be gained by comparing fantasy texts by Native and non-Native authors. Nevertheless, few experts on fantasy study American Indian texts, and few experts on Native American studies consider the subject of fantasy. Editors David D. Oberhelman and Amy H. Sturgis have assembled an international, multi-ethnic, and cross-disciplinary group of scholars to consider the meaningful and extraordinary ways in which fantasy and Native America intersect. These scholars examine classic texts by American Indian authors such as Louise Erdrich, Gerald Vizenor, and Leslie Marmon Silko, as well as non-Native fantasists such as H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling, among others. In so doing, these essayists pioneer new ways of thinking about fantasy and Native America, and challenge other academics, writers, and lovers of literature to do the same.

Cover Image: “Forest Spirit” by Melissa Gay

Coming Later in 2009


David D. Oberhelman, “Coming to America”:  Fantasy and Native America Explored, an Introduction |  Amy H. Sturgis, Meeting at the Intersection: The Challenges Before Us  |  Marc A. Beherec, The Racist and La Raza: H.P. Lovecraft’s Aztec Mythos  |  Grace Walker Monk, Lucy’s Sisters in the New World: The Native American Female as Seer in Modern Mythopoeic Fantasy  |  Tripper Ryder, Vizenor the Trickster: Postmodernism Versus Terminal Creeds and Cultural Schizophrenia | Sean Corbin, In Defense of Trickster Fantasies: Comparing the Storytelling of Innocent IV and Gerald Vizenor  |  Michael Hemmingson, Native American Myths and Legends in William T. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes | Joe R. Christopher, Artistic Form and the Supernatural in Pushing the Bear |  Melanie Ann Hanson, Spirit Voices – The Fantastical Journey of Omakayas in Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence |  Lauren Lacey, Ceremony‘s Fantastic Stories  | Aaron Tillman, Dreaming with the Dead: Convergent Spaces in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Aimee Bender’s “Dreaming in Polish”  | Punyashree Panda, Tayo’s Odyssey: The Traits of Fantasy in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony |  Mark Holland, Feminine and Masculine in Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes