We have a new four volume set called Native American Writing. It's edited by A. Robert Lee and can be checked out from the second floor of King. The call number is PS153.I52 N395 2011.
The editor of this work is considered a leader in the field. He is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo. Gerald Vizenor, a Native American Writer who has written many books, including Bear Island: The War at Sugar Point and Chancers, says that this collection "presents the creative, critical, and historical essence of contemporary continental literature, a generous, learned tour de force, and the very first comprehensive tour d'horizon of the literature of Native American Indians."
Each volume includes different parts. Volume one has Native American Literary Statements, Overviews, Theory Perspectives, and Oral traditions and legacies. Volume two has selected autobiographical studies, Modern Native autobiographies, and Early modern Native American writing. Volume three has Modern Native American fiction. Volume four has Native American poetry, Native American drama, and Selected First Nations/Canadian writing. Each part includes different essays written by scholars. The Native American Literary Statements part is especially interesting because it features statements written by Native American writers themselves about what Native American Literature means. As described in the introduction, it gives an "inside track as to viewpoint, aspiration, worlds actual and imagined, in all the very status of Native texts" (22).
There is also a Historical Chronology and an extensive bibliography of Native American writing at the beginning of volume one. Volume four has a very useful index for the whole set.
A large number of writers are represented in these essays. Many important themes and theories are explored. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Native American writing would be well served exploring this four volume set.