Rewriting the saints' lives: Louise erdrich's the last report on the miracles at little no horse

Academic Article


  • This article explores Louise Erdrich's use of the saints' lives as a subtext in The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. Erdrich repeatedly rewrites central stories from the medieval canon of saints, creating in effect a kind of hijacked hagiography. This revision questions the relationship between the Catholic religion and Ojibwe beliefs, presenting the encounter between Catholicism and Anishinabe less as a straightforward conflict and more as a complex web of borrowings, reappropriations, and transformations. Because the saints offered models for holy living, Erdrich also challenges the role of imitation in constituting identity. © 2007 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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  • Critique  Journal
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    Author List

  • Chapman AA
  • Start Page

  • 149
  • End Page

  • 167
  • Volume

  • 48
  • Issue

  • 2