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Owens, Louis

Works: 49 works in 181 publications in 5 languages and 12,017 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Bibliography  Bio-bibliography  Periodicals  Literature  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Scribe
Classifications: PS3565.W567, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Louis Owens
Other destinies : understanding the American Indian novel by Louis Owens( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This first book-length critical analysis of the full range of novels written between 1854 and today by American Indian authors takes as its theme the search for self-discovery and cultural recovery. In his introduction, Louis Owens places the novels in context by considering their relationships to traditional American Indian oral literature as well as their differences from mainstream Euroamerican literature. In the following chapters he looks at the novels of John Rollin Ridge, Mourning Dove, John Joseph Mathews, D'Arcy McNickle, N. Scott Momaday, James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Michael Dorris, and Gerald Vizenor. These authors are mixedbloods who, in their writing, try to come to terms with the marginalization both of mixed-bloods and fullbloods and of their cultures in American society. Their novels are complex and sophisticated narratives of cultural survival--and survival guides for fullbloods and mixedbloods in modern America. Rejecting the stereotypes and clichés long attached to the word Indian, they appropriate and adapt the colonizers language, English, to describe the Indian experience. These novels embody the American Indian point of view; the non-Indian is required to assume the role of "other." In his analysis Owens draws on a broad range of literary theory: myth and folklore, structuralism, modernism, poststructuralism, and, particularly, postmodernism. At the same time he argues that although recent American Indian fiction incorporates a number of significant elements often identified with postmodern writing, it contradicts the primary impulse of postmodernism. That is, instead of celebrating fragmentation, ephemerality, and chaos, these authors insist upon a cultural center that is intact and recoverable, upon immutable values and ecological truths. Other Destinies provides a new critical approach to novels by American Indians. It also offers a comprehensive introduction to the novels, helping teachers bring this important fiction to the classroom."--Jacket
The grapes of wrath : trouble in the promised land by Louis Owens( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracing the social and political developments leading to the Dust Bowl, Owens clearly explains how the novel represents Steinbeck's indictment of the Promised Land myth
The sharpest sight by Louis Owens( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"American Indian literature and cirtical sutdies series ; v. 1." Two men investigate the suspected murder of a mixed-blood Vietnam vet found floating down a California river with a bullet through his heart
Bone game : a novel by Louis Owens( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In California, a madman is loose on a college campus, killing and dismembering young girls. Professor Cole McCurtain, an Indian, investigates the crimes and uncovers an evil force born of the cruel treatment of Indians by Spanish missionaries. By the author of The Sharpest Sight
Mixedblood messages : literature, film, family, place by Louis Owens( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies how the Native Americans' identities and relationship with nature are depicted in literature and film, and discusses how Native Americans are portrayed in literature written by different ethnic groups
John Steinbeck's re-vision of America by Louis Owens( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dark river : a novel by Louis Owens( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jacob Nashoba's journey has taken him from his Choctaw homeland in Mississippi to Vietnam and finally to a small reservation in the mountains of eastern Arizona. A tribal ranger, he lives among people far different from any he has known. Balanced precariously between isolation and community, he is drawn to both the fastness of a remote river canyon and the Apaches who have come to be the only family he has." "Nashoba's world is peopled by, among others, a bright young man who sells vision quests to romantic tourists, a determined elder whose power makes her a force to be reckoned with on the reservation, a resident anthropologist more "native" than the natives, a corrupt tribal chairman, a former Hollywood extra who shouts at reservation women the scraps of Italian he learned from other "Indian" actors, and the ranger's estranged wife. Confusion and violence follow their encounter with a right-wing militia group training secretly on tribal land. The contrast between these Rambo types and the various Native American characters typifies the sardonic humor running throughout this novel of contemporary Indian identity."--BOOK JACKET
Nightland by Louis Owens( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After two half-Indian ranchers find a dead man with a suitcase containing nearly one million dollars, they are pursued by a helicopter. They shoot it down and decide to keep quiet about the attack. A mystery featuring drugs, a beautiful Indian woman and Indian lore. By the author of Bone Game
American Indian novelists : an annotated critical bibliography by Tom Colonnese( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wolfsong by Louis Owens( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native American Tom Joseph returns home to the Cascade Range of Washington to attend his uncle's funeral and becomes caught up in the man's fight to save the region from copper mining interests
Nightland : a novel by Louis Owens( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the hot, dry New Mexico wilderness, Will and Billy, two half-Cherokee ranchers, discover a corpse and a suitcase containing nearly a million dollars. As the two friends contemplate what to do with the money, they set into motion a series of events that will cost them more than they want to pay."--Jacket
Wolfsong by Louis Owens( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in French and English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman de société. Roman familial
Même la vue la plus perçante : roman by Louis Owens( Book )

2 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in French and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A travers cette intrigue policière, L. Owens analyse la société américaine, sa violence, et la place des minorités en son sein
Le Joueur des ténèbres : roman by Louis Owens( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in French and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I hear the train : reflections, inventions, refractions by Louis Owens( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this collection, Louis Owens blends autobiography, short fiction, and literary criticism to reflect on his experiences as a mixedblood Indian in America."--Jacket
A new eye in the West : Steinbeck's California fiction by Louis Owens( )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writings of John Steinbeck( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the National Steinbeck Center the guests talked about John Steinbeck's life, his writings, and the times in which he lived. They also responded to audience telephone calls and talked about the political issues that were having an impact on the nation at the time, focusing on his book, The Grapes of Wrath
American literary scholarship an annual, 1990( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Owens by Louis Owens( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writer Louis Owens discusses the growth of Native American literature in the United States
American literary scholarship : an annual, 1964 by James Leslie Woodress( Book )

1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, eighth in the annual series, provides for scholars, students, and general readers a systematic, evaluative guide to current published studies on American literature. Half the chapters summarize the year's published work on individual authors, and half are devoted to genres and periods. The eighteen contributors, acknowledged scholars in their fields, describe and evaluate significant published works, give a sense of trends in scholarship and criticism, and indicate areas for fruitful research. A key to the abbreviations used is provided. An index is also provided, giving references to literary and historical figures referred to throughout the book as well as authors of the works surveyed. (Author/JF)
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Other destinies : understanding the American Indian novel
Alternative Names
Louis Owens Amerikaans romanschrijver (1948-2002)

Owens, Louis Dean.

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オウエンズ, ルイス

English (145)

French (9)

Japanese (2)

German (1)

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The grapes of wrath : trouble in the promised landThe sharpest sightBone game : a novelMixedblood messages : literature, film, family, placeDark river : a novelNightlandWolfsongNightland : a novel