Bold and impassioned, sharp and defiant, Leslie Marmon Silko's essays evoke the spirit and voice of Native Americans. Whether she is exploring the vital importance literature and language play in Native American heritage, illuminating the inseparability of the land and the Native American people, enlivening the ways and wisdom of the old-time people, or exploding in outrage over the government's long-standing, racist treatment of Native Americans, Silko does so with eloquence and power, born from her profound devotion to all that is Native American. Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit is written with the fire of necessity. Silko's call to be heard is unmistakable; there are stories to remember, injustices to redress, ways of life to preserve. It is a work of major importance, filled with indispensable truths--a work by an author with an original voice and a unique access to both worlds.
In the past twenty-five years many Native American writers have retold the traditional stories of powerful mythological women: Corn Woman, Changing Woman, Serpent Woman, and Thought Woman, who with her sisters created all life by thinking it into being. Within and in response to these evolving traditions, Leslie Marmon Silko takes from her own tradition, the Keres of Laguna, the Yellow Woman. Yellow Woman stories, always female-centered and always from the Yellow Woman's point of view, portray a figure who is adventurous, strong, and often alienated from her own people. She is the spirit of woman. Ambiguous and unsettling, Silko's "Yellow Woman" explores one woman's desires and changes--her need to open herself to a richer sensuality. Walking away from her everyday identity as daughter, wife and mother, she takes possession of transgressive feelings and desires by recognizing them in the stories she has heard, by blurring the boundaries between herself and the Yellow Woman of myth. Silko's decision to tell the story from the narrator's point of view is traditional, but her use of first person narration and the story's much raised ambiguity brilliantly reinforce her themes. Like traditional yellow women, the narrator is unnamed. By choosing not to reveal her name, she claims the role of Yellow Woman, and Yellow Woman's story is the one Silko clearly claims as her own. The essays in this collection compare Silko's many retellings of Yellow Woman stories from a variety of angles, looking at crucial themes like storytelling, cultural inheritances, memory, continuity, identity, interconnectedness, ritual, and tradition. This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology, an authoritative text of the story itself, critical essays, and a bibliography for further reading in both primary and secondary sources. Contributors include Kim Barnes, A. LaVonne Ruoff, Paula Gunn Allen, Patricia Clark Smith, Bernard A. Hirsch, Arnold Krupat, Linda Danielson, and Patricia Jones.
Essay from the year 2016 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 76.2, Kenyatta University, language: English, abstract: Every Literature work gives exposure the historical and cultural issues in the society it is taken. Through contextual analysis of literary work, a lot of information about society can be obtained. Therefore, this essay takes a closer look at Leslie Silko's story "Yellow Woman". In the few pages of the story Silko brings to light a compendium on regard to the voice of a woman. She manages to explore pertinent issues within the historical and cultural setting of the Native American. The relevant matters surveyed include marriage, spiritualism, change, nature, gender, storytelling, resistance, and wisdom incarnate in the elderly Native Americans. The work exposes the social, cultural way of life of the world it is set in. Also, a new historical perspective is given from the eye of the young Pueblo-woman.
With the publication ofCeremonyin 1977, a strikingly original voice appeared in Native American fiction. These thirteen essays, the first collection devoted entirely to Silko's work, present new perspectives on her fiction and provide a deeper understanding of her work. From her engagement with the New Mexico landscape to her experiments with cross-cultural narratives and form to her apocalyptic vision of race relations inAlmanac of the Dead, Silko has earned her place as a significant contemporary American writer. All of Silko's important short fiction, her nonfiction essays, and her novelAlmanac of the Deadare examined here. The critical approaches range from close reading to the postmodern. This collection is essential for all serious students of Silko's writings.
Poetry. "Shadow become real; follower become leader; mouse turned sorcerer-/ In a red sky, a darker beast lies waiting, / Her teeth, once hidden, now unsheathed swords./ Yellow woman, a revolutionary, speaks" --from YELLOW WOMAN SPEAKS
Retrospect: A Future Recalled Experience is an unusual blending of Southwestern Pueblo Indian ritual and mythological stories as told in a fictional style. The novel contains actual tales told by the writer's grandfather in addition to transcripts of ceremonial visions experienced by the author. During the characters’ pilgrimage to seek a type of "Holy Grail", speculations abound when discussing "ancient alien" theories as a possible bond throughout history. In the aftermath of a nuclear conflagration, our protagonists discover the true nature of creation and reality. The story's final outcome will surprise the reader as much as it surprised the characters.
Through readings of iconic figures such as the cannibal, the child, the alien, and the posthuman, Gabriele Schwab analyzes literary explorations at the boundaries of the human. Treating literature as a dynamic medium that "writes culture"—one that makes the abstract particular and local, and situates us within the world—Schwab pioneers a compelling approach to reading literary texts as "anthropologies of the future" that challenge habitual productions of meaning and knowledge. Schwab's study draws on anthropology, philosophy, critical theory, and psychoanalysis to trace literature's profound impact on the cultural imaginary. Following a new interpretation of Derrida's and Lévi-Strauss's famous controversy over the indigenous Nambikwara, Schwab explores the vicissitudes of "traveling literature" through novels and films that fashion a cross-cultural imaginary. She also examines the intricate links between colonialism, cannibalism, melancholia, the fate of disenfranchised children under the forces of globalization, and the intertwinement of property and personhood in the neoliberal imaginary. Schwab concludes with an exploration of discourses on the posthuman, using Samuel Beckett's "The Lost Ones" and its depiction of a future lived under the conditions of minimal life. Drawing on a wide range of theories, Schwab engages the productive intersections between literary studies and anthropology, underscoring the power of literature to shape culture, subjectivity, and life.
North America is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary and cross-cultural. In this emerging context narratives play a crucial role in weaving patterns that in turn provide fabrics for our lives. In this thoroughly original collection, "Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Narratives in North America," a dozen scholars deploy a variety of provocative and illuminating approaches to explore and understand the many ways that stories speak to, from, within, and across culture(s) in North America.
"Boy, has this been one heck of a spiritual journey! Little did I know that the path leading to the Kingdom of God would take me into and through the bowels of hell, but I made it there and back. All I can say is thank God for God, His goodness, grace and mercy." -From the Introduction to "High Yellow" But A Black Woman Forever More! A Poetic Anthology of a Spiritual JourneyIt is said that to know one's self is the key to reaching new horizons and maximizing human potential-and it's true. But, truly knowing one's self without knowing one's spiritual identity is akin to a person who is physically blind driving a car. It's absolutely impossible.In "High Yellow" But A Black Woman Forever More! A Poetic Anthology of a Spiritual Journey, author Deborah M. Cofer highlights her efforts and sacrifices as she explores her inner self, others, and the world around her. Every poem is its own unique story of "bringing to the surface, hashing out, understanding, and making peace with" struggle in order to arrive at new heights in her evolution, both as a woman and as a member of the human race. Cofer's poetic accounts are both powerful and deeply profound.