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Gerald Vizenor:Storier, Storyteller, Father Meme

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This presentation first of all welcomes the publication by the University of New Mexico Press of Gerald Vizenor’s Father Meme. A novella given over to sexual abuse by a reservation-based priest, the title-figure, there could be a risk of easy melodrama, a quick-shot round of outrage. Quite the contrary—the storytelling, the storying in Vizenor’s own phrase, is wonderfully pitched and modulated. Told as though by the ex-altar boy, now an adult journalist-author, to a visiting French woman lawyer first at the Mayagi Ashandiwin Restaurant and then at his Anishinaabe reservation cottage, it comes over as a kind of memorial soliloquy posing as a colloquy. This I-you relationship works to great effect: the opening culinary flourish, the remembrance of reservation boyhood and the church, Father Meme himself in all his baroque sexuality, the fourteen torments as the narrator and his circle enact justice on their abuser, and the final denouement. Nicely interposed are memories of Duane White and the events of 1898 at Bear Island. How, then, is Father Meme “told” and how does that telling best serve the vision Vizenor seeks to put into play throughout the story?
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Lee, A.. "Gerald Vizenor:Storier, Storyteller, Father Meme" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico, <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p243905_index.html>

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Lee, A. R. "Gerald Vizenor:Storier, Storyteller, Father Meme" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p243905_index.html

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Abstract: This presentation first of all welcomes the publication by the University of New Mexico Press of Gerald Vizenor’s Father Meme. A novella given over to sexual abuse by a reservation-based priest, the title-figure, there could be a risk of easy melodrama, a quick-shot round of outrage. Quite the contrary—the storytelling, the storying in Vizenor’s own phrase, is wonderfully pitched and modulated. Told as though by the ex-altar boy, now an adult journalist-author, to a visiting French woman lawyer first at the Mayagi Ashandiwin Restaurant and then at his Anishinaabe reservation cottage, it comes over as a kind of memorial soliloquy posing as a colloquy. This I-you relationship works to great effect: the opening culinary flourish, the remembrance of reservation boyhood and the church, Father Meme himself in all his baroque sexuality, the fourteen torments as the narrator and his circle enact justice on their abuser, and the final denouement. Nicely interposed are memories of Duane White and the events of 1898 at Bear Island. How, then, is Father Meme “told” and how does that telling best serve the vision Vizenor seeks to put into play throughout the story?


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