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Cover of Louis Owens co-edited by Joe Lockard
October 2019
University of New Mexico Press

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Louis Owens

Writing Land and Legacy
Edited by: 
Joe Lockard and A. Robert Lee

"Louis Owens: Writing Land and Legacy" explores the wide-ranging oeuvre of this seminal author, examining Owens’ work and his importance in literature and Native studies. Of Choctaw, Cherokee and Irish American descent, Owens’ work includes mysteries, novels, literary scholarship and autobiographical essays. "Louis Owens" offers a critical introduction and 13 essays arranged into three sections: “Owens and the World,” “Owens and California” and “The Novels.” The essays present an excellent assessment of Owens’ literary legacy, noting his contributions to American literature, ethnic literature and Native American literature and highlighting his contributions to a variety of theories and genres. The collection concludes with a coda of personal poetic reflections on Owens by Diane Glancy and Kimberly Blaeser. Libraries, students, scholars and the general public interested in Native American literature and the landscape of contemporary U.S. literature will welcome this reflective volume that analyzes a vast range of Louis Owens’ imaginative fictions, personal accounts and critical work.


Joe Lockard, editor, is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University.

Praise for this book

“This outstanding collection does the urgent and necessary work of bringing Louis Owens out of the scholarly shadows, recentering his achievement within the traditions of American literature and Native American literature alike.”

Deborah L. Madsen
Editor of "The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature"

“'Louis Owens: Writing Land and Legacy' offers the first comprehensive study of the entirety of Owens’s work, from his literary scholarship to his autobiographical essays to his novels. Placing him in transnational contexts, the authors trace Owens’s contributions to Native American literature, specifically, and to American literature, generally. Noting Owens’s focus on memory, land, and mixed-blood experience, they explore his intertextuality, anticoloniality and indigenization in the mystery novel, ecocriticism, modernism and transnational American studies.”

Hertha D. Sweet Wong
Author of "Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text"