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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Transcript of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

"Everybody can understand it"
Comics Against Stereotypes in Sherman Alexie's
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Interracial Romance Novel
Mary's Romantic Life
TV Star
Superhero
Self-Acceptance
Thesis
Unethnicizing the Native American Protagonist
Mr. P
Mr. Dodge
Earl
A Presentation by Caroline Stelzer
Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
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Alexie’s fiction “as a tool to view the stereotypes wrongly imposed on Indians and also to shape an identity in opposition to the “traditional” Indian stereotypes.” (Miles 13)
John Miles:
Sherman Alexie’s novel
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
features satirical comics to deconstruct stereotypes about Native Americans by introducing alternatives for depicted stereotypes, unethnicizing the Native American protagonist, and caricaturing white characters.
Introducing Alternatives for Depicted Stereotypes
(Absolutely 1)
Conclusion
Through satirical comics ,
alternatives for depicted stereotypes are provided, the protagonist is unethnicized and white characters are caricatured.
“The characters Alexie has created are aware of the stereotypes that are commonly associated with them.
They are working to make fun of and unmask the traditional conception of the Indian character.” (Miles 15-16)
Works Cited
Alexie, Sherman, and Ellen Forney. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. London: Andersen, 2013.

Alexie, Sherman. "Why the Best Kid's Books Are Written in Blood." Speakeasy. The Wall Street Journal, 9 June 2011. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.

Baldassarro, Wolf. "Banned Books Awareness: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." Banned Books Awareness. Deep Forest Productions, 26 June 2011. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.

Cerna, Enrique, and Sherman Alexie. "Sherman Alexie | CONVERSATIONS AT KCTS 9." YouTube. YouTube, 12 Nov. 2008. Web. 16 Jan. 2014.

Halverson, Deborah. Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. Hoboken: Wiley, 2011.

Kertzer, Adrienne. "Not Exactly: Intertextual Identities and Risky Laughter in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." Children's Literature 40 (2012): 49-77. Project Muse. Web. 18 Jan. 2013.

Miles, John Douglas. Not Corn Pollen or Eagle Feathers: Native American Stereotypes and Identity in Sherman Alexie’s Fiction. Thesis. North Carolina State University, 2004. N.p.: n.p., n.d. NCSU Library. North Carolina State University, 17 Mar. 2004. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.

Nygren, Ase. "A World of Story-Smoke: A Conversation with Sherman Alexie." MELUS 30.4 (2005): 149-69. JSTOR. Web. 20 Jan. 2014.

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Author Sherman Alexie. Digital image. Minnesota State University News. Minnesota State University, 12 Sept. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2014.

Matos, Angel Daniel. Front cover of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007). Digital image. Angel Matos. Angel Daniel Matos, 7 Jan. 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2014.

Savage Summer, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

The Stranger from Montana, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

First Self-Portrait, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

Personal Growth, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

TV Star, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

Superhero, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

Self-Acceptance, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

Mr. P, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

Mr. Dodge, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

Earl, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013

How to Pretend You’re Not Poor, Leipzig. Personal photograph by author. 2013


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Discussion
Sherman Alexie (2005):
“I aim to be funny, and I aim for my humor to be very political.”
(Nygren 160)
Thank you for your attention!
First Comic
Personal Growth
Caricaturing White Characters
Gerald Vizenor's Postindian Simulations:
“natives dressed to the traditional nines, wise and noble, always daring and inspired about nature, the weather, and their communities. (Vizenor quoted in Miles 5)
Please discuss the comic and/or Alexie’s Statement referring to what you've heard in the presentation.
"sort of silly"
"The covers were hilarious"
(Absolutely 38)
(Absolutely 38)
"Man, that takes courage and imagination"
(Absolutely 90)
"I was born with water on the brain"
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