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Off The Reservation: Reflections on Boundary-Busting, Border-Crossing Loose Canons Hardcover – November 1, 1998

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While most prior efforts in the genre of the Indian professorial essay collection have drifted between incomprehensible and fanatical, this book from Allen (The Sacred Hoop), of Laguna Pueblo and Lebanese ancestry, is most often even-keeled (if on occasion overwrought: "Let me remind all of us that vegetarianism inevitably accompanies misogyny, racism, tyranny, gynocide, and infanticide"). As with most collections of the sort, the content is all over the map, from rape and misogyny, to criticism of literary criticism, to personal recollections and family ancestry, to an overview of Native spirituality. Even in this broad perspective, there seems to be a unifying theme. Allen best describes this cohesion when she states in the foreword, "Spanning thirty years, from the late sixties to the late nineties, each essay is, in its own way, an assertion that Indians are everywhere." There is some really compelling writing here, as in "Radiant Beings" and the whole last section, "La Frontera/Na(rra)tives." General readers will no doubt stumble through the middle section, titled "Wyrds/Orthographies," but the injection of Native sensibilities in every article takes this literate collection beyond the usual intellectual exercise.
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Poet, novelist, feminist, and English professor (UCLA), Allen draws on her experiences as a woman of mixed Laguna and Lebanese heritage to critique contemporary American culture from the perspective of one who views it from the margins. The resulting essays are political, spiritual, and ecological in thrust yet sometimes intensely personal, as when she reflects on her Lebanese roots or her return to Laguna Pueblo after a long absence. In spite of occasional quirky and disputable conclusions like "vegetarianism inevitably accompanies misogyny, racism, tyranny, genocide, and infanticide," Allen's writings are thought-provoking and informative. Recommended for all academic libraries and public libraries with women's studies and Native American collections.?Faye Powell, Portland State Univ. Lib., OR
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080704640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807046401
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,550,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book showcases an important American voice highly relevant to today's world. As an outsider looking into Gunn's world, I find her lyric facinating and her style casual while informative. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to explore a personal evolution in a seldom seen world. Her voice is poignant, elegant, and expressive.

Open the first page, and your journey will begin.
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Fascinating essays by an American Indian feminist and thoroughly entertaining as all of the author's books.
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