Leslie Marmon Silkos Ceremony: A Casebook

Paperback | March 15, 2002

EditorAllan Chavkin

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Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, the most important novel of the Native American Renaissance, is among the most most widely taught and studied novels in higher education today. In it, Silko recounts a young man's search for consolation in his tribe's history and traditions, and his resultingvoyage of self-discovery and discovery of the world. The fourteen essays in this casebook include a variety of theoretical approaches and provide readers with crucial information, especially on Native American beliefs, that will enhance their understanding and appreciation of this contemporaryclassic. The collection also includes two interviews with Silko in which she explains the importance of the oral tradition and storytelling, along with autobiographical basis of the novel.

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Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, the most important novel of the Native American Renaissance, is among the most most widely taught and studied novels in higher education today. In it, Silko recounts a young man's search for consolation in his tribe's history and traditions, and his resultingvoyage of self-discovery and discovery of the ...

Allan Chavkin is Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University. He has published four books and over thirty articles in various books and magazines.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.91 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195142845

ISBN - 13:9780195142846

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1. Introduction2. Peter G. Beidler: Animals and Theme in Ceremony3. Robert C. Bell: Circular Design in Ceremony4. Elaine Jahner: An Act of Attention: Event Structure in Ceremony5. Kenneth Lincoln: Blue Medicine6. John Purdy: The Transformation: Tayo's Genealogy in Ceremony7. Reed Way Dasenbrock: Forms of Biculturalism in Southwestern Literature: The Work of Rudolfo Anaya and Leslie Marmon Silko8. Paula Gunn Allen: Special Problems in Teaching Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony9. Louis Owens: "The Very Essence of Our Lives": Leslie Silko's Webs of Identity10. Catherine Rainwater: The Semiotics of Dwelling in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony11. Robert M. Nelson: The Function of the Landscape of Ceremony12. James Ruppert: No Boundaries, Only Transitions: Ceremony13. Rachel Stein: Contested Ground: Nature, Narrative, and Native American Identity in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony14. Jace Weaver: Leslie Marmon Silko15. Kenneth M. Roemer: Silko's Arroyos as Mainstream: Processes and Implications of Canonical Identity16. Laura Coltelli: Leslie Marmon Silko17. Robin Cohen: Of Apricots, Orchids, and Wovoka: An Interview with Leslie Marmon Silko18. Selected Bibliography