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Transforming Captivity Narratives in Kevin Wilmott's The Only Good Indian (2009)

Laura L. Mielke


In this essay, I closely examine Kevin Willmott's The Only Good Indian (2009), a post-modern filmic reflection on the Native boarding school experience, to think about how narrative forms associated with captivity of white subjects mutate in the context of institutional violence. In particular, I consider the film's depiction of the boarding school experience in light of American Indian accounts of such; the film's use of the gothic-horror genre to capture the trauma of the boarding school student; and the film's interrogation of the Western genre in light of repressed histories of colonialism.

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American Studies. ISSN 0026-3079.

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