Leif Sorensen teaches 20th and 21st century multiethnic literatures of the U.S. in the English department at Colorado State University. He is the author of Ethnic Modernism and the Making of US Literary Multiculturalism (Palgrave, 2016) as well as articles on ethnic writers of the modernist era, speculative fiction, and popular culture.
In 1936 Dodd Mead published D’Arcy McNickle’s novel The Surrounded. Set on the Flathead reservation in northwestern Montana, the novel entered the field of literary culture as a doubly regional work. Firstly, for American publishers Montana was part of a marginal region associated with popular genre fiction. Secondly, the Flathead reservation was not widely known outside of Montana because it had not attracted popular curiosity like the reservations of the southwestern U.S.