Honors English 11
1 September 2012
Native American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography
Alexie, Sherman. “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me.” 50 Essays. Boston: Samuel Cohen, 2007. 11-15. Print.
This piece of literature, “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, reflects what it means to be an Indian in today’s culture written in first person. Alexie utilizes memories from his childhood to develop his thesis: reading and writing saved his life and allowed him to overcome poverty and be successful. They were an Indian family and his father owned an enormous amount of books. He learned to read at an early age with a Superman comic book. He writes about the stereotypes of Indians expected to be stupid and fail in the non-Indian world. He, on the other hand, declined this pity and refused to fail; he was a smart Indian that read as much as he could. He grew up to be a writer and visited the schools unfailingly to save the lives of Indian children. The purpose of this article is to improve the lives of Indian children. LaFarge, Oliver. “Myths that Hide the American Indian.” Historical view point. New York: John A. Garraty, 1991. 3-5. Print.
In this essay, Oliver La Farge writes about the true civilization of the American Indian in “Myths that hide the American Indian.” Europeans made inferences without understanding them. La Farge describes the impact of the white men’s negative perception of Indians as ruthless, faithless, savages, drunken, and lazy good-for-nothings. The most important influence the Indians had on western civilization was their political economy where they had one ruler. Later, England formed a constitutional monarchy. All in all, this article’s purpose was to illistrate the Europeans’ views of Indians as savages was wrong; they were merely advancing to civilization. “The World on Turtle’s Back.” McDougal Littell Literature: American Literature. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2008. 34-40. Print....