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Alexie, Sherman


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Sherman Alexie was born October 7, 1966 in Wellpinit, Washington State on the Spokane Indian Reservation, where he and his five siblings were raised by his Spokane Indian mother and Coeur d'Alene Indian father. He was educated in a tribal school through eighth grade and attended high school off the reservation. Alexie received a bachelor's degree in American studies from Washington State University in 1991 and his first collection of poems, The Business of Fancydancing , was published by Hanging Loose Press a year later. Since then, his career as a novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker has thrived; he has published twenty-four books of fiction and poetry, as well as written two films. He has received numerous awards including the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction. Alexie's most representative works include stories that emphasize the search for meaning in one's identity in terms of self-conception as well as societal function, namely for the Indian caught between two cultures, validating hybridity as part of the American Indian identity. Other themes in Alexie's work include the difficulty of following as well as breaking tradition, growing up and growing apart, alienation, abandonment, and missed opportunity. In the short story collection The Lone Ranger and ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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