Individuality incorporated Indians and the multicultural modern

Pfister, Joel

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  • Creator Joel Pfister
  • Format Books
  • Publication Durham : Duke University Press, 2004.
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (358 p.)
  • ISBNs 1282921185, 082238566X, 9786612921186
  • OCLC ocn191222255


  • Explores the drive of whites to "individualize" Indians -- showing them how they should pursue happiness, find the meaning of life and how they should labor.


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • Introduction: Lessons Indians Can Teach -- American Studies about the Rule of Individuality -- PART ONE. Categorizing and Institutionalizing Indians and Individuals. 1 Carlisle as Individualizing Factory: Making Indians, Individuals, Workers. Digesting "Indians": Assimilation as Individualizing. Possessive and Domestic Individualizing: Treason to the Tribe. Complexity, Critical Thinking, and Performance at Carlisle. Pratt's Carlisle (1879-1904): Class, Race, Warfare. Carlisle, Consumer Culture, and Loaded Cultural Relativism (1904-1918). Education for What? 2 The School of Savagery: "Indian" Formations of Subjectivity and Carlisle. Literary Indianizing: Discourses of Native Cultural Subjectivity. Parodying Parroting: Faking Individual and Indian -- PART TWO. Multicultural Modernity Incorporated. 3 Modernist Multiculturalism: Lawrence, Luhan, and the White Therapeutic Indianizing of "Lost" White Individuality. Toward Therapeutic Imperialism: Garland and the Modernizing of Digestion Management. White Therapeutic Primitivism and the Indian Business: Environmental, Soulful, and Literary "Indians." Giving Them the Business: "Indians" in the Therapeutic and Modernist Marketplace. Rhythmic Ethnomodernism: Luhan, Lawrence, Austin, and the Fantasy of Individualized Liberation in Tribal Scenes. "Indians" in the Bloodstream: The Politics of Lawrence's Psychological Critique of American Individualizing. 4 Indians Inc. Collier's New Deal Diversity Management. Collier's Saviourism: Radical Polemicist against Individualizing. Anti-Imperial Romanticism: Collier as Social Theorist of "Indians." Imperial Self-Government: Reorganizing "Indians." Detours from the Therapeutic: La Farge's and McNickle's Fictions. Taos, Collier, and the Multicultural Containment of Critique. Afterword: Diversity Incorporated and World Americanization -- Appendix 1. Notes on Natives and Socialism -- Appendix 2. A Proposal to Reopen Carlisle
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