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Stories in a New Skin - (Contemporary Studies on the North) by Keavy Martin (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 180

Genre: Literary Criticism

Series Title: Contemporary Studies on the North

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Manitoba Press

Author: Keavy Martin

Language: English

Street Date: November 30, 2012
TCIN: 78571222
UPC: 9780887557361
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-1805

Description

In an age where southern power-holders look north and see only vacant polar landscapes, isolated communities, and exploitable resources, it is important to note that the Inuit homeland encompasses extensive philosophical, political, and literary traditions. Stories in a New Skin is a seminal text that explores these Arctic literary traditions and, in the process, reveals a pathway into Inuit literary criticism. Author Keavy Martin considers writing, storytelling, and performance from a range of genres and historical periods - the classic stories and songs of Inuit oral traditions, life writing, oral histories, and contemporary fiction, poetry and film - and discusses the ways in which these texts constitute an autonomous literary tradition. She draws attention to the interconnection between language, form and context and illustrates the capacity of Inuit writers, singers and storytellers to instruct diverse audiences in the appreciation of Inuit texts. Although Eurowestern academic contexts and literary terminology are a relatively foreign presence in Inuit territory, Martin builds on the inherent adaptability and resilience of Inuit genres in order to foster greater southern awareness of a tradition whose audience has remained primarily northern.
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