Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880
By Phillip H. Round
296 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 38 illus., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7120-1
Published: October 2010
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9947-2
Published: October 2010
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Awards & distinctions
2011 James Russell Lowell Prize, Modern Language Association
Removable Type 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 addresses such issues as the role of white missionaries and Christian texts in the dissemination of print culture in Indian Country, the establishment of "national" 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.
About the Author
Phillip H. Round is professor of English and American Indian and Native studies at the University of Iowa.
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"Explores how native peoples came to adopt a European weapon, namely the printed word, as both a means to defend themselves from the actions of the United States and as a way to preserve their culture. . . . Highly recommended."--Library Journal
"Round's important study demonstrates and confirms that Native Americans had an intellectual interest in European alphabetic literacy from very early in the colonial relationship. . . . Well researched and effectively presented. . . . Recommended."--Choice
“A landmark study that presents a new genealogy of early American book history, one in which American Indians secured intellectual sovereignty and constitutional rights by scripting indigenous sign systems into the printed world.”--Modern Philology
"Removable Type opens up an entirely new approach to Native American texts and creates a compelling and exciting argument about the role of the book and of print culture in Indian Country. This is a groundbreaking book with detailed, original, and sophisticated analysis."--Hilary E. Wyss, author of Writing Indians: Literacy, Christianity, and Native Community in Early America
"Painstakingly researched, deeply conversant with the fields it will impact, and engagingly argued and written, Removable Type will be a landmark in early Native literary studies and in early American book history. Round generates a set of scholarly questions that will keep people coming back to this book for a long while."--Robert Warrior, author of The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction