Consuming, Incarcerating, and “Transmoting” Misery: Border Practice in Vizenor’s Bearheart and Jones’s The Fast Red Road

Cathy Covell Waegner
Drawing on Gerald Vizenor's complex notion of "transmotion" and concepts from carceral theory, an intertextual reading of two rich, initial novels by first and second-generation postmodern Native writers, namely Gerald Vizenor's seminal Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles (1990; first published in 1978 as Darkness in Saint Louis Bearheart) and Stehen Graham Jones's The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong (2000), reveals both systemic miseries and strategies for combatting them. In the two novels, brutal imagery and experience...
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