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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Scholars doing research in ethnic literature have long been aware of the political nature of much of that literature. Although many critics find politicizing of literature difficult to deal with in their assessment of the artistic value of the works, it is dishonest to ignore this reality. Schöler has provided thirteen essays by creative writers and critics which define both the nature of the literature and the power of the political views which inform much of the creative output of contemporary American Indian writers. According to Schöler, "politics and aesthetics go hand in hand." Schöler and other European critics have done much to focus international attention on American Indian writers. Often their "outside" view provides insights about culture and political conflict which is difficult to assess from within.
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