Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970

Brown, Kirby. Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970. 2018.

Recipient of the 2019 Thomas J Lyon Award.

Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Century Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970 (University of Oklahoma Press, Spring 2018) examines how four Cherokee writers variously remembered, imagined, and enacted Cherokee nationhood in the period between Oklahoma statehood in 1907 and tribal reorganization in the early-1970s. Often read as an intellectually inactive and politically insignificant "dark age" in Cherokee history, I recover this period as a rich archive of Cherokee national memory capable of informing contemporary discussions about sovereignty, self-determination, citizenship, and belonging in Cherokee Country and across Native American and Indigenous Studies today.

Fields of Focus: American Studies, Cultural Studies, Drama and Performance Studies, Modernism, British and American, Native American Literary Studies, Race and Ethnicity