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The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature

The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature

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The Din Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature is unprecedented. It showcases the breadth, depth, and diversity of Din creative artists and their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose.This wide-ranging anthology brings together writers who offer perspectives that span generations and perspectives on life and Din history. The collected works display a rich variety of and creativity in themes: home and history; contemporary concerns about identity, historical trauma, and loss of language; and economic and environmental inequalities.

The Din Reader developed as a way to demonstrate both the power of Din literary artistry and the persistence of the Navajo people. The volume opens with a foreword by poet Sherwin Bitsui, who offers insight into the importance of writing to the Navajo people. The editors then introduce the volume by detailing the literary history of the Din people, establishing the context for the tremendous diversity of the works that follow, which includes free verse, sestinas, limericks, haiku, prose poems, creative nonfiction, mixed genres, and oral traditions reshaped into the written word.

This volume combines an array of literature with illuminating interviews, biographies, and photographs of the featured Din writers and artists. A valuable resource to educators, literature enthusiasts, and beyond, this anthology is a much-needed showcase of Din writers and their compelling work. The volume also includes a chronology of important dates in Din history by Jennifer Nez Denetdale, as well as resources for teachers, students, and general readers by Michael Thompson. The Din Reader is an exciting convergence of Navajo writers and artists with scholars and educators.

Author: Esther G. Belin
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Published: 04/20/2021
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780816540990

About the Author
Esther G. Belin is a writer and multimedia artist.

Jeff Berglund is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University.

Connie A. Jacobs is professor emerita at San Juan College.

Anthony K. Webster is a linguistic anthropologist.

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