Howling for Justice

New Perspectives on Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead

Rebecca Tillett (Editor)
Hardcover ($55.00), Ebook ($55.00) Buy
More than twenty years after its publication in 1991, Leslie Marmon Silko’s monumental novel Almanac of the Dead continues to disconcert, move, provoke, and outrage readers. In a work that is overtly and often uncomfortably political, Silko’s overflowing cast of characters includes representatives from a range of cultures and communities who are united by common experiences of dispossession, disenfranchisement, exploitation, and poverty. Clearly, Silko’s depiction of a social uprising that draws together the indigenous People’s Army of the Americas and the American Army of the Homeless triggered—and was designed to trigger—a range of reactions among readers and critics alike.
Howling for Justice actively engages with both the literary achievements and the politics of Silko’s text. It brings together essays by international scholars reacting to the novel while keeping in mind its larger concern with issues of social justice, both local and transnational. Aiming both to refocus critical attention and open the book to a broader array of readers, this collection offers fresh perspectives on its transnational vision, on its sociocultural, historical, and political ambitions, and on its continued relevance in the twenty-first century. The essays examine and explain some of the key points that readers and critics have identified as confusing, problematic, and divisive. Together, they offer new ways to approach and appreciate the text.
The book concludes with a new, never-before-published interview in which Silko reflects on the twenty years since the novel’s publication and relates the concerns of Almanac to her current work.
“There has not been a previous collection on this incredibly significant text.”—Lisa Tatonetti, co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature
Praise for Almanac of the Dead
“Silko’s ambitious but meandering novel undertakes an epic narrative, heavy with intrigue and carnage, about an apocalyptic Native American insurrection.”—Publishers Weekly
“A chillingly dark vision of corruption, despair, and chaos in the Americas, where a Native new world order appears ready to begin.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This collection develops, rather than rehashes, key themes in Almanac criticism, and makes it an essential addition to studies of Silko and contemporary Native American writing.”—Excursions ?

“A welcome addition to critical and theoretical discussions revolving around Silko’s reader-polarizing Almanac of the Dead.”—Tribal College Journal
Howling for Justice
248 Pages 6 x 9
Published: November 2014Hardcover ISBN: 9780816513383
Published: November 2014Ebook ISBN: 9780816598595

For Authors

The University of Arizona Press publishes the work of leading scholars from around the globe. Learn more about submitting a proposal, preparing your final manuscript, and publication.



The University of Arizona Press is proud to share our books with readers, booksellers, media, librarians, scholars, and instructors. Join our email Newsletter. Request reprint licenses, information on subsidiary rights and translations, accessibility files, review copies, and desk and exam copies.


Support the Press

Support a premier publisher of academic, regional, and literary works. We are committed to sharing past, present, and future works that reflect the special strengths of the University of Arizona and support its land-grant mission.