Studies in American Indian Literatures
In this article I first introduce my critical approach to Posey’s life and work in conjunction with an overview of the Fus Fixico Letters, as situated in their historical and cultural context. I position my argument in relation to the ideological framework outlined by Creek/Cherokee writer and theorist Craig Womack (one of the most significant Posey scholars), and throughout the article draw upon the groundbreaking historical and archival research of Daniel Littlefield. Following an introduction to the letters and an outline of my central arguments, I analyze Posey’s conception of transformation, as it manifests in the Fus Fixico Letters, as an alternative to both traditionalist resistance and the assimilationist view that full participation in U.S. society requires the wholesale abandonment of American Indian cultural norms. I follow this discussion with an exploration of the letters’ references to emigration plans vis-à-vis Posey’s vision for transformation. Finally, by way of conclusion, I will offer some thoughts about the implications of Creek emigration plans to Mexico—and their historical precedents—for transnational approaches to Creek culture and literature.
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Szeghi, Tereza M., "'The Injin is civilized and aint extinct no more than a rabbit': Transformation and Transnationalism in Alexander Posey’s 'Fus Fixico Letters" (2009). English Faculty Publications. 28.