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8. Regional Realism   

8. Regional

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Alexander Posey - Author Questions

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  1. Comprehension: How is the poem "Hotgun on the Death of Yadeka Harjo" different from Posey's other poetry? What is the role of dialect in this poem? How does the use of dialect affect the meter and rhyme scheme? How does the use of dialect impact the poem's status as an elegy (that is, a poem written as a memorial to someone who has died)?

  2. Comprehension: What proper names appear in the Fus Fixico letters? Whose names are most frequently turned into puns?

  3. Context:Both Posey and Joel Chandler Harris published their dialect stories in the form of newspaper columns. Why do you think dialect pieces were so popular with newspaper readers? What do the Fus Fixico letters have in common with Harris's Uncle Remus stories? How are they different? What kinds of audiences were Posey and Harris writing for?

  4. Exploration:How might Posey's work have influenced subsequent Native American writers like N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko? Do you see a relationship between Posey's depiction of Indian language patterns and metaphors and these later writers' development of a Native American style?

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