House Made of Dawn | Literature Criticism Critical Review by John Z. Bennett

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of House Made of Dawn.
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Critical Review by John Z. Bennett

SOURCE: A review of House Made of Dawn, in Western American Literature, Vol. V, No. 1, Spring, 1970, p. 69.

In the following review, Bennett praises the literary and sociological aspects of House Made of Dawn.

In academe, where there is a growing tendency to employ literary works as casebooks for social protest or ethnic studies, House Made of Dawn may encounter a curious fate. Because it deals with an interesting variation of the old alienation-theme, namely, the Southwest Indians' conflict with twentieth century America, Momaday's novel may be valued as a social statement rather than as a substantial artistic achievement.

The sociological bias, of course, is insidious insomuch as it tends to reduce the literary work to its thematic clichés: in this case, the Indian hero's ruinous journies into the white man's...

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