Project

The Discourse of Sovereignty in American Indian Print Culture

Division of Research Programs

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress

InĀ Imagining Sovereignty, David Carlson explores sovereignty as a discursive middle ground between tribal communities and the United States as a settler-colonial power. His work reveals the complementary ways in which legal and literary texts have generated politically significant representations of the world, which in turn have produced particular effects on readers and advanced the cause of tribal self-determination.