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Kelsey, Penelope M. Professor Emerita/Emeritus


  • Professor Emerita/Emeritus, English

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  • Professor Kelsey’s research interests, as represented by her publications, include: Tribal Theory in Native American Literature: Dakota and Haudenosaunee Writing and Indigenous Worldviews (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), Strawberries in Brooklyn: Maurice Kenny Considered (SUNY Press, 2011), and Reading the Wampum, which focuses on Haudenosaunee visual culture and narrative from a Haudenosaunee Studies perspective. Topics include: the reformulation of Haudenosaunee knowledge via wampum tropes in James Stevens' and Eric Gansworth's writing; the condolence ceremony and cultural regeneration in Mohawk director Shelley Niro's films; and the contestation of Iroquois national identity and territories in Tracey Deer's Club Native (2008).


  • Native American Literature, Native American Film, Native American Visual Traditions, Native American Writing Systems, Native American Epistemologies, Native American Languages, Comparative Indigenous Studies, US Ethnic Literatures, Ethnicity and Disability, Multiracial Representations, Indigenous Feminisms, Tribal Feminisms, Red Feminism, Visuality Theory


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