Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL) is the only journal in the United States that focuses exclusively on American Indian literatures. With a wide scope of scholars and creative contributors, this journal is on the cutting edge of activity in the field. SAIL invites the submission of scholarly, critical pedagogical, and theoretical manuscripts focused on any aspect of American Indian literatures as well as the submission of bibliographical essays, review essays, and interviews. SAIL defines "literatures" broadly to include all written, spoken, and visual texts created by Native peoples.
SAIL is the official journal of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literature and members receive the journal as a benefit of membership.
Volume 32, Numbers 3 & 4 (Fall-Winter 2020)
Special Issue: "Sovereign Histories, Gathering Bones, Embodying Land: Scholarship from the Indigenous Literary Studies Association"
Guest Edited by Michelle Coupal, Aubrey Jean Hanson, and Sarah Henzi
Introduction: Sovereign Histories, Gathering Bones, Embodying Land: Visiting with Contributors
Michelle Coupal, Aubrey Jean Hanson, and Sarah Henzi
On Critical Humility
Reimagining the Four Rs of Indigenous Education for Literary Studies: Learning From and With Indigenous Stories in the Classroom
Candace Brunette-Debassige and Pauline Wakeham
Kaianere’kó:Wa: A Lesson in Being Ready to Listen
Gage Karahkwí:io Diabo
Gathering Stories, Gathering Pedagogies: Animating Indigenous Knowledges through Story
Aubrey Jean Hanson, Anna-Leah King, Heather Phipps, and Erin Spring
“We Are Here Now”: The Generative Refusal of Fictional Residential School Diaries
Life Writing, Positions, and Embodied Criticism: Relating to an Antane Kapesh’s and Mini Aodla Freeman’s First-Person Narratives
Representational Sovereignty in Moroccan Amazigh Documentary Film
Sheila Petty and Brahim Benbouazza
Intervening in Settler Colonial Genocide: Restoring Métis Buffalo Kinship Memory in Amanda Strong’s Four Faces of the Moon
Witnessing Story and Creating Kinship in a New Era of Residential Schools: Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves
Book Review Essays
(So Many) Opportunities for Teaching Native Nonfiction
The Practical Limits of Liberal Piety: Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play
James H. Cox and Alexander Pettit
P. Jane Hafen. Help Indians Help Themselves: The Later Writings of Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa).
Melissa Michal. Living on the Borderlines.
The editorial board of Studies in American Indian Literatures invites the submission of scholarly manuscripts focused on all aspects of Indigenous literatures, including bibliographical essays, review essays, and interviews. We define “literatures” broadly to include written, spoken, and visual texts created by Indigenous people in what are
currently known as the Americas. Submissions should demonstrate critical engagement with the fields of Native American and Indigenous literary studies; we are especially
interested in publishing work on lesser-known and non-canonical authors and texts. Manuscripts of roughly 5000-7000 words should be prepared according to the most
recent edition of the MLA Handbook and emailed as an attachment. SAIL observes a “blind reading” policy to maintain academic integrity, so do not include any identifying
information anywhere in the document. All submissions are read by outside reviewers, and the entire peer-review process from submission to publication can take up to a full
year. Manuscript submissions and any queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Special Issue Proposal Guidelines
SAIL invites proposals for special sections of the journal, particularly those addressing lesser-discussed authors, texts and genres. A special section may include between 3-5 article-length essays (5000-8000 words each), with a shorter introductory piece (1000-5000 words) by the section editor(s).
Potential special section editors should send a 250-word proposal to email@example.com . Include the rationale for the special section and a listing of the essays and their authors to be included. We request that special section editors undertake a first round of peer review with their authors. SAIL will also submit the entire special section to two external readers for peer review. Because the process of finding reviewers for special sections can be more time-consuming than for individual essays, special section editors will want to plan for a full year from initial submission to final publication.
Call for Reviews
The field of American Indian literature includes poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction, critical theory, cultural theory, history, and all forms of story in the shape of comics, movies, videos and games. Tell us what makes you think, answers your questions, or asks for response and revision. What are you reading, watching, playing, scrolling through? Studies in American Indian Literatures welcomes reviews of scholarly and creative works relevant to the field of American Indian literature. Reviews should be at least 500 words and no longer than 1000 words. To submit a review contact SAIL Review Editor, Margaret Noodin.
June Scudeler, Simon Fraser University
Siobhan Senier, University of New Hampshire
Book Review Editor
Birgit Brander Rasmussen
Daniel Heath Justice
Daniel Heath Justice
Robert M. Nelson
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