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Prof. Harry Brown Publishes Injun Joe's Ghost

February 27, 2005

harry brown.jpgFebruary 27, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Harry J. Brown, assistant professor of English at DePauw University, is the author of Injun Joe's Ghost: The Indian Mixed-Blood in American Writing. It is published by University of Missouri Press, which mentions Professor Brown's DePauw affiliation on its Web site and notes that he "is a coauthor of 'The Native American in Short Fiction' in the Saturday Evening Post."

A synopsis of the book asks: "What does it mean to be a 'mixed-blood,' and how has our understanding of this term changed over the last two centuries? What processes have shaped American thinking on racial blending? Why has the figure of the mixed-blood, thought too offensive for polite conversation in the nineteenth century, become a major representative of twentieth-century native consciousness? In Injun Joe's Ghost, Harry J. Brown addresses these questions within the interrelatedharry brown injun.gif contexts of anthropology, U.S. Indian policy, and popular fiction by white and mixed-blood writers, mapping the evolution of 'hybridity' from a biological to a cultural category. Brown traces the processes that once mandated the mixed-blood's exile as a grotesque or criminal outcast and that have recently brought about his ascendance as a cultural hero in contemporary Native American writing."

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