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Indigenous Rhetoric and Survival in the Nineteenth Century

A Yurok Woman Speaks Out

Authors: Lowry, Elizabeth Schleber

  • Offers a rhetorical analysis of Lucy Thompson’s To the American Indian
  • Argues that To the American Indian offers an important perspective for understanding urgent contemporary issues of environmental destruction and sustainability
  • Appeals to scholars of Indigenous studies, feminist theory, gender studies, and rhetoric
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About this book

In 1916, Lucy Thompson, an indigenous woman from Northwestern California, published To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman. The first book to be published by a member of the California Yurok tribe, it offers an autobiographical view of the intricacies of life in the tribe at the dawn of the twentieth century, as well as a powerful critique of the colonial agenda. Elizabeth Schleber Lowry presents a rhetorical analysis of this iconic text, investigating how Thompson aimed to appeal to diverse audiences and constructed arguments that still resonate today. Placing Thompson’s work in the context of nineteenth-century Native American rhetoric, Lowry argues that Thompson is a skillful rhetor who has much to teach us about our nation’s violent past and how it continues to shape our culture and politics. In To the American Indian, Thompson challenges negative stereotypes about indigenous cultures and contrasts widespread Euroamerican abuse of natural resources with Yurok practices that once effectively maintained the region’s ecological and social stability. As such, Thompson’s text functions not only as a memoir, but also as a guide to sustainable living.

About the authors

Elizabeth Schleber Lowry is Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition at Arizona State University, USA. She is the author of Invisible Hosts: Performing the Nineteenth Century Spirit Medium’s Autobiography (2017), and The Seybert Report: Rhetoric, Rationale, and the Problem of Psi Research (Palgrave, 2017).

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Reminiscences

    Pages 1-24

    Lowry, Elizabeth Schleber

  • The Sacred and the Profane

    Pages 25-39

    Lowry, Elizabeth Schleber

  • “Christianizing” and “Indigenizing”

    Pages 41-54

    Lowry, Elizabeth Schleber

  • Wilderness and Civilization

    Pages 55-68

    Lowry, Elizabeth Schleber

  • Regeneration

    Pages 69-81

    Lowry, Elizabeth Schleber

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-00259-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-00258-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Pre-ordered printed titles are excluded from promotions.
  • Due: November 7, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13098-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Indigenous Rhetoric and Survival in the Nineteenth Century
Book Subtitle
A Yurok Woman Speaks Out
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00259-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00259-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00258-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-13098-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 85
Topics