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The Horror Genre and Aspects of Native American Indian Literature

  • Joy Porter
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Abstract

Porter offers a fascinating exploration of the limitations of genre in relation to certain horror literature produced by authors who identify as American Indian. She explores the horror genre as a context within which the Native dispossession foundational to the nation’s identity has been addressed, even if this has been in oblique or heavily sanitized forms. The chapter details how Native writers from diverse traditions across time have used horror both to perpetuate vital elements of Indigenous culture and to reframe and rebalance popular narratives surrounding what should and should not be feared. Her specific analytical focus is the windigo condition, the psychotic urge to consume and advance the self at the expense of all others that so often animates evil in its various incarnations.

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  • Joy Porter
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  1. 1.University of HullHullUK

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