The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007 - Počet stran: 292

Introducing a dramatic new chapter to American Indian literary history, this book brings to the public for the first time the complete writings of the first known American Indian literary writer, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (her English name) or Bamewawagezhikaquay (her Ojibwe name), Woman of the Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky (1800-1842). Beginning as early as 1815, Schoolcraft wrote poems and traditional stories while also translating songs and other Ojibwe texts into English. Her stories were published in adapted, unattributed versions by her husband, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, a founding figure in American anthropology and folklore, and they became a key source for Longfellow's sensationally popular The Song of Hiawatha.

As this volume shows, what little has been known about Schoolcraft's writing and life only scratches the surface of her legacy. Most of the works have been edited from manuscripts and appear in print here for the first time. The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky presents a collection of all Schoolcraft's extant writings along with a cultural and biographical history. Robert Dale Parker's deeply researched account places her writings in relation to American Indian and American literary history and the history of anthropology, offering the story of Schoolcraft, her world, and her fascinating family as reinterpreted through her newly uncovered writing. This book makes available a startling new episode in the history of American culture and literature.

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THE WORLD AND WRITINGS OF JANE JOHNSTON
1
Abbreviations
85
To the Miscodeed
91
My humble present is a purse
98
To a Bird Seen Under My Window in the Garden
104
Pensive Hours
109
Amid the still retreat of Elmwoods shade
124
Sweet Willy
138
An Odjibwa Tale
190
La Renne
197
Song for a Lover Killed in Battle
205
My lover is tall and handsome
212
Dying Speech
220
Sources and Editorial Procedures
221
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft An Introduction to the Poetry of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
237
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft Dawn of Literary Composition by Educated Natives of the aboriginal tribes
241

On reading Miss Hannah Moores Christian morals and Practical
153
Stanzas
155
Spirit of Peace
161
A Chippewa Tale
169
A Chippewa Tale
177
Corn story or the origin of corn
184
Misattributions and Potential Misattributions
257
List of Less Substantive Variants
261
Works Cited
267
Index
285
Acknowledgments
291
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Robert Dale Parker is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books, including The Invention of Native American Literature.

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