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General Information

Name:  A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff  

Pen Name: None

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Born: Charleston, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

A. Lavonne Ruoff was born, raised, educated and worked in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff is Professor Emerita, from the Department of English, at the University of Illinois in Chicago.


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Titles At Your Library

American Indian Literature
ISBN: 0873521870

Modern Language Assn of Amer. 1990

Redefining American Literary History presents seventeen essays and six bibliographies linked, in the words of the introduction, by "a commitment to deal with history and attributes of literature in ways that have been slighted in the making of previous literary histories of the United States." The volume suggests methods for redefining the American literary canon and emphasizes African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicano, Hispanic, and Puerto Rican literatures.

Literatures of the American Indian (Indians of North America)
ISBN: 0613117891

Topeka Bindery. 1992

Examines the history, evolution, and culture of the American Indians, discussing both oral and written literature

Life, Letters and Speeches (American Indian Lives)
ISBN: 0803264631

University of Nebraska Press. 2006

George Copway (Kahgegagahbowh, 1818–69), an Ojibwe writer and lecturer, rose to prominence in American literary, political, and social circles during the mid-nineteenth century. His colorful, kaleidoscopic life took him from the tiny Ojibwe village of his youth to the halls of state legislatures throughout the eastern United States and eventually overseas. Copway converted to Methodism as a teenager and traveled throughout the Midwest as a missionary, becoming a forceful and energetic spokesperson for temperance and the rights and sovereignty of Indians, lecturing to large crowds in the United States and Europe, and founding a newspaper devoted to Native issues.

One of the first Native American autobiographies, Life, Letters and Speeches chronicles Copway's unique and often difficult cultural journey, vividly portraying the freedom of his early childhood, the dramatic moment of his spiritual awakening to Methodism, the rewards and frustrations of missionary work, his desperate race home to warn of a pending Sioux attack, and the harrowing rescue of his son from drowning.

Wynema: A Child of the Forest
ISBN: 080321460X

University of Nebraska Press. 1997

Originally published in 1891, Wynema is the first novel known to have been written by a woman of American Indian descent. Set against the sweeping and often tragic cultural changes that affected southeastern native peoples during the late nineteenth century, it tells the story of a lifelong friendship between two women from vastly different backgrounds—Wynema Harjo, a Muscogee Indian, and Genevieve Weir, a Methodist teacher from a genteel Southern family. Both are firm believers in women’s rights and Indian reform

both struggle to overcome prejudice and correct injustices between sexes and races. Callahan uses the conventional traditions of a sentimental domestic romance to deliver an elegant plea for tolerance, equality, and reform.

The Moccasin Maker
ISBN: 0806130792

University of Oklahoma Press. 1998

Long before American Indian women’s literature achieved its current popularity, the writings of E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) pioneered the field. A mixed-blood of Mohawk-English descent, Johnson gained renown for literary recitals and theatrical performances in Canada, England, and the United States, being billed at the turn of the century as the "Mohawk Princess." Many of Johnson’s stories in The Moccasin Maker depict nineteenth-century Indian women caught between the forces of cultural continuity and the pressures of assimilation.


Awards

Writer of the Year Award

Availability for Public Speaking

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