Biography

My research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century multiethnic American literature and film, with particular emphases upon contemporary Native American writers and film makers, and upon race and Postcolonial theory. I am particularly interested in the interdisciplinary ways in which Native writers and directors use literature and film as a means by which to engage in otherwise unrealisable political dialogues with national, local, and corporate bodies, in order to express many pressing contemporary tribal socio-political and economic realities. For example, tribal sovereignty; environmental racism;  land claims; water rights; anthropology and the 'repatriation' of remains and artefacts; the role and presence of the dead; concepts of community; and the imaginative erasure of Native peoples in favour of the presence of simulated (and more palatable) ‘indians'. An Introduction to Contemporary Native American Literature for the British Association for American Studies series with Edinburgh University Press was published in November 2007.

I welcome research students with an interest in contemporary multiethnic American literature and film, in the intersections of Postcolonial Studies and Native American Studies, and in the relationships between literature, place and the environment.

All Publications

Tillett, R.

(2018)

Otherwise, Revolution! Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead,

Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN 9781623567873, 9781623568412

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Tillett, R.

(2016)

'Sand Lizard warned her children to share': Philosophies of Gardening and Exchange in Gardens in the Dunes,

in Leslie Marmon Silko : Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, Gardens of the Dunes .

Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN 9781472530608

Full Text

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Tillett, R. (ed.)

(2014)

Howling for Justice: New Perspectives on Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead,

Arizona University Press

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Tillett, R.

(2014)

"Sixty Million Souls Howl for Justice in the Americas!": Almanac of the Dead as political activism, and environmental and social justice,

in Howling For Justice : New Perspectives on Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead.

Arizona University Press

ISBN 978-0-8165-1338-3

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Tillett, R.

(2014)

Almanac contextualised,

in Howling for Justice : New Perspectives on Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead.

Arizona University Press

pp. 5-13

ISBN 978-0-8165-1338-3

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Fear-Segal, J. (ed.), Tillett, R. (ed.)

(2013)

Indigenous Bodies: Reviewing, Relocating, Reclaiming,

State University of New York

ISBN 978-1-4384-4821-3 , 978-1-4384-4820-6

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Tillett, R.

(2013)

On the Cutting Edge: Leslie Marmon Silko,

in The Native American Renaissance : Literary Imagination and Achievement.

Oklahoma University Press

ISBN 0806144025, 978-0806144023

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Fear-Segal, J., Tillett, R.

(2013)

Introduction,

in Indigenous Bodies : Reviewing, Relocating, Reclaiming.

State University of New York

ISBN 978-1-4384-4821-3, 978-1-4384-4820-6

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Tillett, R.

(2011)

"Resting in Peace, Not in Pieces": the Concerns of the Living Dead in Anna Lee Walter's Ghost Singer (Reprinted),

in Native American Writing.

Routledge

ISBN 978-0415588959

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Tillett, R.

(2009)

Native American Literary Modernism: the novels of Mourning Dove, John Joseph Mathews, and D’arcy McNickle,

in American Modernisms, Cultural Transactions.

Cambridge Scholars Press

pp. 117-142

ISBN 9781443813570

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Tillett, R.

(2008)

Anamnesiac Mappings: National Histories and Transnational Healing in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead,

in Transatlantic Voices: Interpretations of Native American Indigenous Literatures.

University of Nebraska Press

pp. 150-168

ISBN 9780803260344

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Tillett, R.

(2008)

Cultural pluralism and national identity,

in American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century.

Edinburgh University Press

pp. 227-243

ISBN 9780748626014

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Tillett, R.

(2008)

The Price of 'Free' Trade: NAFTA and the Economics of Border Crossing in George Rabasa's Floating Kingdom and Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead,

in Comparative American Studies

6 (4)

pp. 147-70

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Tillett, R.

(2007)

The Indian Wars Have Never Ended in the Americas: the Politics of Memory and History in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead,

in Feminist Review

85 (1)

pp. 21-39

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Tillett, R.

(2007)

Contemporary Native American Literature (British Association for American Studies (BAAS),

Edinburgh University Press

ISBN 0748621490

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(Published)


Tillett, R.

(2006)

Seeing with a "New and Different Eye": Interactions of Culture and Nature in Contemporary Native American Literatures,

in European Review of Native American Studies

20 (1)

pp. 17-22

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Tillett, R.

(2005)

Resting in Peace, Not in Pieces: the Concerns of the Living Dead in Anna Lee Walter's Ghost Singer,

in Studies in American Indian Literatures

17 (3)

pp. 85-114

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(Published)


Tillett, R.

(2005)

Reality Consumed By Realty: the Ecological Costs of ‘Development’ in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead,

in European Journal of American Culture

24 (2)

pp. 153-169

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Tillett, R.

(2002)

Your Story Reminds Me of Something: Spectacle and Speculation in Aaron Carr's Eye Killers,

in ARIEL - A Review of International English Lit.

33 (1)

pp. 149-173

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Tillett, R.

(2002)

Leslie Marmon Silko,

in Contemporary American Women Poets: An A-to-Z Guide.

Greenwood Publishing Group

pp. 346-351

ISBN 978-0313317835

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Current research examines the literature and film of the United States-Mexico border region, and the ways in which these texts illustrate the multiple relationships between the US and Mexico. A key concern remains the ways in which cultures and peoples relate to place and the environment.  I am also working on an eco-critical project, which analyses the complex relationships between literature, culture and nature in the American Southwest. Focusing on the ways that space and place is ‘racialised’, this project considers the literary responses of Native, Chicano, African and Anglo American writers, to explore individual and communal interactions with the natural world, and the effects of environmental racism and problems of achieving environmental justice.

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Teaching and Learning