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The Erotics of SovereigntyQueer Native Writing in the Era of Self-Determination$
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Mark Rifkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677825

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677825.001.0001

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The Erotics of Sovereignty

Mark Rifkin

University of Minnesota Press

This book addresses how contemporary queer Native writers use the representation of bodily, emotional, and psychological sensation in challenging U.S. formulations of political subjectivity, while seeking to reimagine what counts as sovereignty and providing alternative ways of figuring Native experience. The supposedly apparent continuity of Indianness gives way to genealogies of sensation that trace how peoplehood exists within forms of feeling, prompting these queer writers to theorize dynamics of Indigenous sociality that shapes the meaning of self-determination under settler rule. Through this, possibilities for conceptualizing and realizing alternative versions of collective identity and indigeneity gradually emerge, in the attempt to go against the efforts to displace, translate, and erase Native peoples.

Keywords:   queer Native writers, Indianness, Indigenous sociality, self-determination, settler rule, collective identity, Native peoples

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