Robert M. Nelson


B.A. University of Virginia, 1967
Ph.D. Stanford University, 1975
(English and American Literature)

   specialties: Native American Literatures
   Post-WWII American Literature
   U.S. Minorities Literatures

Courses frequently or currently taught:

* CORE 101-102
* Native American Literatures: Tradition and Renewal
* Current Literature
* Literature of American Minorities
* various upper-level and M.A. courses in Native American literatures

Recent publications:

   Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony: The Recovery of Tradition. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

    "'Ponca War Dancers': Creating a Pan-Indian Circle." The Salt Companion to Carter Revard. Ed. Ellen Arnold. Cambridge UK: Salt, 2007.  98-108.

   "Leslie Marmon Silko: Storyteller." The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. Eds. Joy Porter and Kenneth Roemer. Cambridge University Press, 2005.  245-56.

    "Telling Our Daughters." Studies in American Indian Literatures 16.4 (Winter 2004): 103-07.

    With Peter G. Beidler. "Grandma's Wicker Basket: Untangling the Narrative Threads in Ceremony." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 28.1 (2004): 5-13.

    "Settling for Vision in Ceremony: Sun Man, Arrowboy, and Tayo." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 28.1 (2004): 67-73.

   "'Dawn / Is a Good Word': Naming an Emergent Motif of Contemporary Native American Poetry." Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary Native American Poetry, eds. Janice Gould and Dean Rader. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2003.  207-21.

   "Carter Revard in Cyberspace: An E-mail Sampler." Studies in American Indian Literatures 15.1 (Spring 2003): 109-17.

   "The Function of Landscape in Ceremony." 1988; rpt. in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony: A Casebook, ed. Allan Chavkin. New York: Oxford U P, 2002. 139-73.

    "'Sunrise and Ceremony." Native Realities 1.2 (Summer 2001).

    "Rewriting Ethnography: Embedded Texts in Leslie Silko's Ceremony. " Telling the Stories: Essays on American Indian Literatures and Cultures. Eds. Elizabeth Hoffman Nelson and Malcolm Nelson. New York: Peter Lang, 2001.  47-58.

   "The Kaupata Motif in Silko's Ceremony: A Study of a Literary Homology."  Studies in American Indian Literatures 11.3 (Fall 1999): 2-23.

   "A Laguna Woman." Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Critical Essays. Eds. Louise Barnett and James Thorson. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1999.  15-22.

   "Grounded in Place: The Houses Made of Dawn in House Made of Dawn." C.A.P.E.S. / Agrégation Anglais, Réussir l'épreuve de littérature: House Made of Dawn. Ed. Bernadette Rigal-Cellard. Paris: Ellipses, 1997.  75-89.

   "Place, Vision, and Identity in Native American Literatures." American Indian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Contemporary Issues. Ed. Dane Morrison. New York: Peter Lang, 1997.  265-83.

   "Simon Ortiz." Handbook of American Indian Literature. Ed. Andrew Wiget. New York: Garland, 1996.  483-89. [Reprint of an article that first appeared in Wiget's Dictionary of American Indian Literature (1994).]

   "Feathers" [short story]. Moccasin Telegraph 4.4 (June/July 1996): 10-11.

   With Elizabeth H. McDade. "Spider Waits: Charlotte DeClue's `Voices.'" Studies in American Indian Literatures 7.3 (Fall 1995): 29-38.

   Place and Vision: The Function of Landscape in Native American Fiction. New York: Peter Lang, 1993.

   "He Said / She Said: Writing Oral Tradition in John Gunn's `Ko-pot Ka-nat' and Leslie Silko's Storyteller." Studies in American Indian Literatures 5.1 (Spring 1993): 31-50.

    With Lee Marmon. "A Laguna Portfolio." Studies in American Indian Literatures 5.1 (Spring 1993): 62-74.


    Some Native American novels (US and Canadian) published since House Made of Dawn

    Silko materials for CORE 101

    English 233: Tradition and Renewal in Native American Literature

    English 223: The Modern Novel

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