Literary Criticism •  American Indians and Environmental Studies

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Native Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence

Stephanie J. Fitzgerald

Winner of the 2015 Wordcraft Circle Honor and Award for Academic Book

“What roles do literary and community texts and social media play in the memory, politics, and lived experience of those dispossessed?” Fitzgerald asks this question in her introduction and sets out to answer it in her study of literature and social media by (primarily) Native women who are writing about and often actively protesting against displacement caused both by forced relocation and environmental disaster. By examining a range of diverse materials, including the writings of canonical Native American writers such as Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, and social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook, this work brings new focus to analyzing how indigenous communities and authors relate to land, while also exploring broader connections to literary criticism, environmental history and justice, ecocriticism, feminist studies, and new media studies.


Stephanie J. Fitzgerald is an assistant professor of English at the University of Kansas. She is the coeditor of Keepers of the Morning Star: An Anthology of Native Women’s Theater.


“Fitzgerald offers a concentrated scrutiny that should attract a broad readership. No one should doubt her powerful intellectual weight and resourcefulness. . . . Essential.”



“An excellent choice for anyone interested in Native land tenure as well as for scholars in American Indian studies, women’s studies, ecocriticism, and environmental justice studies. Highly recommended.”


Great Plains Quarterly

“Fitzgerald’s book will invite its readers to practice literary criticism in new ways.”


Studies in American Indian Literatures

6 x 9 in. 176 pages 2 halftones