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Seema Kurup is a professor of English at William Rainey Harper College. She received her Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, where her research interests focused on postmodern American literature and theory and multicultural women's literature. Her prior publications include book chapters on postmodern American literature and composition, as well as reference essays on various figures in twentieth–century American literature.
"Kurup impressively foregrounds connections across Erdrich's oeuvre, arguing that she has "created a literature of place" (6) imbued with the traumatic legacies of settler colonialism and the memories of the Ojibew."—NAIS
"Understanding Louise Erdrich offers a rare and thoughtful view inside the motivations of Native America's most accomplished writer. Kurup's analysis of Louise Erdrich's culture, identity, and intellect will enrich the study of her work for years to come."—Anton Treuer, author of Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask
"Seema Kurup frames the work of Louise Erdrich within the context of the Ojibwe experience, yet simultaneously conveys its archetypal significance. By neatly delineating Erdrich's pressing themes and providing concrete analysis of her use of such literary techniques as alternating point-of-view, symbolism, and metaphor, this engaging critical study offers Erdrich's readers clear inroads to a deeper understanding, not only of her expansive oeuvre, but of American literature, history, and culture."—John Cusatis, author of Understanding Colum McCann
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