Heflin Presents Research On Zitkala-Ša At Modernist Studies Association

Posted on 11/29/2014 4:15:47 PM

Tanya Heflin (Department of English) presented a paper, “‘Neither a wild Indian, nor a tame one’: Zitkala-Ša’s Outsider Activism,” at the 16th annual Modernist Studies Association conference.

As part of a panel on Rebel Modernisms that was developed by former IUP English Department faculty member Erin Johns Speese, Heflin presented research into Yankton-Nakota Sioux writer Zitkala-Ša’s early-20th-century activist writing and service. In this research, Heflin links Zitkala-Ša’s early resistance writing to her later political work in order to demonstrate the ways in which she used her outsider status to interrogate the faultlines of American culture and to open a conversation about the strategies by which writers like Zitkala-Ša respond to the pressures of modernism in alternative and parallel ways.

Department of English