Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Difference between Native and non-Native ways of Knowing : A Study of Contemporary Native American Fiction

Dr Brajesh Sawhney.

During twenty years of the development of Native American studies, it has become evident that Native American literature has been viewed in terms of resistance, subversion and difference. The Eurocentrism in the study of Native American literature is largely a result of the fact that Native American people and Native American perspectives have been largely excluded from academic discussions of their literature. The present project intends to explore the possibility of using aboriginal ways of knowing to think about Native American identity. The study will show that Native Americans have their own distinct identities, theories, ethical guidelines, methodologies and narrative structures. As a community’s values, ideas and approaches to life are arguably best expressed in their stories, songs and literature, the present study will take under its lens and focus contemporary Native American novel.


Dr Brajesh Sawhney  (India)
Reader in English
Department of English
Kurukshetra University

Dr. Sawhney is Reader, Dept. of English, Kurukshetra University, India. He worked on F Scott Fitzgerald's fiction and Social Change for his Ph.D. his recent area of research is contemporary Native American Fiction for which he worked at American India Studies Center ,university of California, Los Angeles as a Fulbright Fellow. He has many international publications in his name.

  • Eurocentrism
  • Native American worldview
  • Native American Fiction

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)