Two-Spirit and specific indigenous non-binary and nonmonogamous or heterosexual identities, kinships, and community structures are fully distinct from EuroWestern LGBTQ+ identities — and to blur the lines is to reenact histories of colonial erasure, no matter how well-meaning the intent. In this article, Cooper argues that Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse (2001) offers a helpful model for navigating the needs of inclusivity as well as particularity in studying complex spiritual and gendered identities and experiences.
The Problem of Trans-Figuration: Gender, the Jesuits, and the Ojibwe in Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
Lydia R. Cooper is associate professor of contemporary American and Native American literature at Creighton University. Her most recent book is Cormac McCarthy: A Complexity Theory of Literature, forthcoming from Manchester University Press. Her previous books include Masculinities in Literature of the American West (2016) and another book on McCarthy, No More Heroes: Narrative Perspective and Morality in Cormac McCarthy (2011). Her work on contemporary American and Native American writers has appeared in journals such as Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in the Novel, Studies in American Indian Literature, Western American Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment.
Lydia R. Cooper; The Problem of Trans-Figuration: Gender, the Jesuits, and the Ojibwe in Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. GLQ 1 October 2020; 26 (4): 621–647. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-8618702
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