Angela Calcaterra, Ph.D. | Department of English

Angela Calcaterra, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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Angela Calcaterra specializes in pre-1900 American literature, Native American literatures, and Indigenous Studies and teaches courses that range from Early American Protest Writing to Contemporary Native American Literature and Film. Her first book, Literary Indians: Aesthetics and Encounter in American Literature to 1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), centers Indigenous aesthetic practices in early and nineteenth-century American literary history and rethinks the literary returns of cross-cultural encounter. Her writing has also appeared in Early American Literature, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction, edited by Cindy Weinstein (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She is currently at work on a second book project, titled Separation and Return: Indigenous Transnationalism, Migration, and American Literary History. This project turns to a vast, understudied archive of Native American oral and written literatures that Native people have employed to maintain the memory of continental migrations, multitribal networks, and tribal differentiation over centuries. The complex definitions of Indigeneity evident in these stories offer a crucial counternarrative to federal and state governments' attempts to control and define American Indian peoples according to the paradigms of the nation-state. They also challenge our current historical and geographic frameworks for American literary history as they link the ancient with the present and privilege kinship and connection over colonialist borders.

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