Bibliography of Readings for Writing Home Summer Institute


I. Core texts for all participants

Bercier, Metha Persian. “Tomorrow,” My Sister Said; Tomorrow Never Came. 2013 [Excerpt “Attention! Right Face” pp. 36-37]

Cather, Willa. My Antonia. 2nd Vintage Edition with an Introduction by Jane Smiley. New York: Random House, 2018.

Child, Brenda. Boarding School Seasons. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2000. [excerpt pp. 87-95 “Runaway Boys, Resistant Girls”]

Civil War on the Great Plains: The Fight for Homeland in America. Prairie Public Broadcasting, 2018.  https://prairie-public.myshopify.com/products/civil-war-on-the-great-plains-dvd

Cook, James H. 50 Years on the Old Frontier. University of Oklahoma Press. 1923.

        Chapter 7: Buffalo, “Katy” and Sioux 73-87.

        Chapter 14: The Sioux’s Choice 171-183; Letters from Red Cloud p. 173, 174

        Chapter 15: Red Cloud 184-194

        Chapter 16: The Ghost Dance War 195-213

Deloria, Ella Cara. Waterlily. Lincoln: U of Nebraska, 1988. [excerpt: 57-83, Chapters 5 and 6].

Edwards, Richard, Jacob Friedelf, and Rebecca Wingo. “Homesteading and Indian Land Disposition” and “Women Proving Up Their Claims” chs. 5-6 (91-162) from Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History, Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2017.

Eiseley, Loren.  Selected poems and essays from The Star Thrower (Harvest Books/Random House, NY/NY: 1979), a collection of selections by the author from his career.

Fontaine, Phil. A Knock at the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: U of Manitoba Press, 2016.

Fortunate Eagle, Adam. Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2010.

Friedrich, Linda, Rachel Bear, and Tom Fox, “For the Sake of Argument: An Approach to Teaching Evidence-Based Writing.” https://www.aft.org/ae/spring2018/friedrich_bear_fox

Geck, David. The Civil War on the Great Plains: The Fight for Homeland in America. Prairie Public Production, 2016

Genoways, Ted. This Blessed Earth: A Year on the Life of an American Family Farm. NY: Norton, 2017.  [2018 Great Plains book of the year.]  Esp. Part Two, The Homeplace, and Part 4, Irrigation Nation

Hackbarth, Sean. “President Obama’s Absurd Reasons for Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline.” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, https://www.uschamber.com/above-the-fold/president-obama-s-absurd-reasons-rejecting-the-keystone-xl-pipeline.

Hefflinger, Mark. “Help Plant ‘Seeds of Resistance’ to Stop Keystone XL and Other Pipelines.” BoldNebraska, May, 2016, http://boldnebraska.org/seeds/

Hogg, Charlotte. “Preface: Hybrid.” and “Landscapes of Literacy.” In From the Garden Club: Rural Women Writing Community. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. Ix-xi and 1.26.

Kloefkom, William. Alvin Turner as Farmer. [representative poems]  Winside, NE: Logan House, 1972.  (selections)

Lajimodiere, Denise. Stringing Rosaries: Stories from Northern Plains Indian Boarding School Survivors. North Dakota State University Press, 2019.

Lomawaima, K. Tisianina. The Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School. Lincoln, U of Nebraska Press, 1994. [Excerpt from Ch. 1]

Lynch, Tom. “The Borders between Us”: Loren Eiseley’s Ecopoetics, in Artifact and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley  Lincoln, NE: Nebraska UP, 2012.

Lynch, Tom. “Braided Channels of Watershed Consciousness: Loren Eiseley’s ‘The Flow of the River’ and the Platte Basin Timelapse Project”  from Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time Nebraska UP 2017

Lynch, “Loren Eiseley’s Nebraska”  Digital Map project https://cdrhsites.unl.edu/eiseley/

Meade, Dorothy Cook. Heart Bags and Hand Shakes: The Story of the Cook Collection. Lake Ann,

Michigan: National Woodlands Publishing Company. 1994.  

Murphy, David. “Jejich Antonie: Czechs, The Land, Cather, and The Pavelka Farmstead,” Great

Plains Quarterly 14 (Spring 1994): 85-106.

Olsen, Casey. “Teaching Informed Argument for Solution-Oriented Citizenship” English Journal 107.3 (2018): 93-99.

Paxton, Katrina. “Learning Gender: Female Students at the Sherman Institute: 1907-1925” in Boarding School Blues: Revisiting American Indian Educational Experiences. Trafzer, Keller and Sisquoc, Eds.Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2006

Pipher, Mary. The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community. New York: Harcourt, 2002.

Sandoz, Mari.  “The End of the Dream,” chapters from Buffalo Hunters: the story of the hide men.  New York: Hastings House,  353-367.

Sandoz, Mari. “The Kinkaider Comes and Goes: Further recollections of an adventurous childhood in the sandhills of Nebraska.” The North American Review (May 1930): 576-583;

Sandoz, Mari. “The Kinkaider Comes and Goes: Memories of an adventurous childhood in the sandhills of Nebraska.” The North American Review (April 1930): 422-431

Sandoz, Mari, “The Neighbor,” Prairie Schooner 30.4 (Winter 1956): 340-349.

Sandoz, Mari. Old Jules Boston: Little Brown, 1935. [reprint: Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1955. chapter 12.]

Sandoz, Mari. “The Vine” Prairie Schooner, 1.1. (January 1927): 7-16.

Sandoz, Mari. Winter Thunder. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1954.

Sharer, Wendy B., “Traces of the Familiar: Family Archives as Primary Source Material.” (47-55) In Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. Edited by Gisa Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U Press, 47-55..

Simon, Dan, editor. Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017.  Ed. Dan Simon.  Nacogdoches, TX: Stephen F. Austin State UP, 2017. [selected poems]

“Spirit of Old Friends: Reflections and  Reparations at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument” https://esirc.emporia.edu/bitstream/handle/123456789/2196/Baird%20%26%20Knudson%20Vol%2042%20Num%202.pdf?sequence=1

Treuer, David. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. New York: Riverside Books, 2019.

Troell, Jan, dir. The New Land. [film: viewing excerpts]

Waziyatawin and Michael Yellow Bird, “Decolonizing our Minds and Actions” from the

Introduction to For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook:

We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s Idaho. Idaho PBS Film, produced by Marcia Franklin. [view film during institute and hear from the producer]

Wider, Kathleen. “In a Treeless Landscape: A Research Narrative.” In Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. Edited by Gisa Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U Press, 66-72.

Zitkala-Ša, “Impressions of an Indian Childhood,” Atlantic Monthly, January 1900; reprinted in American Indian Stories, Washington: Hayworth Publishing, 1921. [memoir on archive.org]

II. Break-out/small group and individualized readings (summer scholars choosing from these list

A. Choose one

Jimenez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, U of New Mexico Press, 1997; Scholastic Press, 2000.

Morris, Wright. The Home Place. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1968. [Reprint of 1948 Bison Books]

Muir, John. The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1913. Read “A New World” (especially ‘Crossing the Atlantic’ and ‘A New Home’ sections), “Life on a Wisconsin Farm” and “Ploughboy” chapters from archive.org online edition

B. Search and identify an artifact of interest: https://history.nebraska.gov/explore-collections

C. Exploring Poetry of Place by Students

Poetry of Place Celebration website featuring student poetry over several years: https://www.unl.edu/newp/poetry-of-place

III. Supplementary/Optional Readings

Anderson, Hannah L. “That Settles It: The Debate and Consequences of the Homestead Act of 1862.” The History Teacher 45, no. 1 (2011): 117-37.

Bell, Blake. “Homestead National Monument of America and the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act.” Western Historical Quarterly 43 (2012): 73-78.

“Belonging” https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/plains-belonging/

The Complete Letters of Willa Cather, funded by an NEH Scholarly Editions Grant. cather.unl.edu/completeletters.html Homestead, Melissa. Associated Editor.

Deloria, Philip. “Commentary on “Working from Home in American Indian History”.” American Indian Quarterly 33, no. 4 (2009): 545-52.

Despres, Carole. “The Meaning of Home: Literature Review and Directions for Future Research and Theoretical Development.” Journal of Architecture and Planning Research 8, no. 2 (1991): 96-115.

Fishkin, Shelley Fisher. Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Fixico, Donald L. “American Indian History and Writing from Home: Constructing an Indian Perspective.” American Indian Quarterly 33, no. 4 (2009): 553-60.

Fleischman, Paul. “Articles/Excerpts: Seedfolks Play Opening, from Seed to Seedfolks, and My House of Voices.” In Paul Fleischman.net: Paul Fleischman.

Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks. New York: Harper Trophy, 1997.

Greenwood, Annie Pike. We Sagebrush Folks. University of Idaho Press, 1988 [reprint of 1934 D. Appleton Century Company first edition; book addressed in the PBS film]

Gruchow, Paul. “Home Is a Place in Time.” In Grass Roots: The Universe of Home, 3-8. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1995.

Gruchow, Paul. “What We Teach Rural Children.” In Grass Roots: The Universe of Home, 83-100. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1995.

Hansen, Karen V. Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of

Dakota Indians, 1890-1930. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013

Homestead, Melissa. “‘Live Property’: Willa Cather’s 1926 Revisions to the to the Introduction of My Ántonia and the Specter of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Regionalism.” In “Something Complete and Great”: The Centennial Study of My Ántonia, ed. Holly Blackford. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017. 81-101.

Homestead, Melissa. “Middlebrow Readers and Pioneer Heroines: Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Bess Streeter Aldrich’s A Lantern in Her Hand, and the Popular Fiction Market.” Crisscrossing Borders in the Literature of the American West. Ed. Reginald Dyck and Cheli Reutter. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009. 75-94. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/78/

Jewell, Andrew and Janis Stout. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather. New York: Vintage, 2014.

Kinbacher, Kurt E. “Contested Events and Conflicting Meanings: Mari Sandoz and the Sappa Creek Cheyenne Massacre of 1875.” Great Plains Quarterly 36.4 (Fall 2016): 309-326.

Lajimodiere, Denise. “A Healing Journey.” Wicazo Sa Review 27, no. 2 (2012): 5-19.

Lane, Rose Wilder. Free Land. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984; reprint from 1938 ad 1966.

Mallett, Shelley. “Understanding Home: A Critical Review of the Literature.” The Sociological Review 52, no. 1 (2004): 62-89.

Norris, Kathleen. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Robbins, Sarah Ruffing. “Chapter Four: Reclaiming Voices from Indian Boarding School Narratives.” In Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-Cultural Teaching. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2017. [chapter also available online here.]

Sandoz, Mari. Cheyenne Autumn. Bison Books, 2005.

Trotter, Joe. The Great Migration in Historical Perspective: New Dimensions of Race, Class and Gender. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1991.

Ulysse, Gina. “”Concepts of Home”.” In Women on the Verge of Home, edited by Bilinda Straight, 175-80. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Waller, Willard. “The Coming War on Women.” This Week Magazine: The San Francisco Chronicle, February 18, 1945 1945, 4-5.

Wardhaugh, Julia. “The Unaccommodated Woman: Home, Homelessness and Identity.” The Sociological Review 47, no. 1 (1999): 91-109.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, with a Setting by Rose Wilder Lane. New York: Harper Collins, 1990 reprint of 1962.

Wunder, John R. “Some Notes on Mari Sandoz.” Prairie Schooner 80.4 (Winter 2006: 41-54.