new book, Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010)Phillip H. Round examines the history of the book in Indian Country.
The book showcases the varied ways
that Native peoples produced and utilized printed texts over time, approaching them as both opportunity and threat.
Surveying this rich history, Round, a professor of English and American Indian and Native studies at the University of Iowa, addresses such issues as the role of white missionaries and Christian texts in the dissemination of print culture in Indian Country, the establishment of publishing houses by tribes, the production and consumption of bilingual texts, the importance of copyright in establishing Native intellectual sovereignty (and the sometimes corrosive effects of reprinting thereon), and the significance of illustrations.
Recently, Round joined Iowa City writer Eddie Chuculate and poet James Coppoc in an interview with Iowa Public Radio's Charity Nebbe for a conversation about American Indian literature through history, as well as contemporary work such as what is being created by artists like Chuculate and Coppoc.
, "The problem Indian authors had in the eighteenth and nineteenth century was going against either romantic images or savage depictions of Indians.
By Phillip H. Round