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The Queerness of Native American Literature$
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Lisa Tatonetti

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692781

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692781.001.0001

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Queer Relationships and Two-Spirit Characters in Louise Erdrich’s Novels

Queer Relationships and Two-Spirit Characters in Louise Erdrich’s Novels

(p.67) Chapter 3 Queer Relationships and Two-Spirit Characters in Louise Erdrich’s Novels
The Queerness of Native American Literature

Lisa Tatonetti

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the work of Louise Erdrich, one of the most renowned authors in American Indian literature. Erdrich represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, and Two-Spirit identities as part of the everyday fabric of Native communities and represents the historical existence of gender variance as commonly accepted. In the process, Erdrich recognizes and privileges a narrative of relationality. Her texts represent the fluidity of gender, the constructed nature of heterosexuality, and the importance of specifically Indigenous understandings of the range and variety of genders and sexualities.

Keywords:   Louise Erdrich, American Indian literature, Two-Spirit identities, gender variance, heterosexuality

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