Author: Leslie Marmon Silko,Melody Graulich
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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.
Author: Leslie Marmon Silko
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
Author: In-S Hern/Ndez-Avila
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
Category: Literary Criticism
This new collection reveals the vitality of the intellectual and creative work of Native American women today. The authors examine the avenues that Native American women have chosen for creative, cultural, and political expressions, and discuss points of convergence between Native American feminisms and other feminisms. This book will be of great value to researchers of Native American studies, women's studies, anthropology, cultural studies, and writing and composition. Visit our website for sample chapters!
Author: Michael A. Lente
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.
Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Beste f�r die 1892 Titelgeschichte dieser Sammlung bekannt , eine ersch�tternde Geschichte der Abstammung der Frau in den Wahnsinn , Charlotte Perkins Gilman schrieb mehr als 200 anderen Kurzgeschichten. Sieben ihrer besten sind hier abgedruckt .Geschrieben aus feministischer Perspektive , oft mit Schwerpunkt auf dem untergeordneten Status von Frauen in der Gesellschaft gew�hrt , geh�ren die Geschichten " gedreht ", eine ironische Geschichte mit einer �berraschenden Wendung, in der ein Mann verf�hrt und impr�gniert eine naive Diener ; " Cottagette ", �ber die Romantik eines jungen K�nstler und ein Mann, der offenbar zu gut um wahr zu sein ist ; "Mr. Peebles 'Heart ", eine befreiende Geschichte eines um die f�nfzig Ladenbesitzer , deren Schwester -in-law , ein Arzt, �berredet ihn, eine Solo- Reise nach Europa zu nehmen, mit belebenden Ergebnisse ; "The Yellow Wallpaper" ; und drei weitere hervorragende Geschichten.Diese charmanten Geschichten sind nicht nur sehr gut lesbar und voller Humor und Erfindung , bieten aber auch gen�gend Stoff zum Nachdenken �ber die soziale, wirtschaftliche und pers�nliche Beziehung von Mann und Frau - und wie sie verbessert werden k�nnten.
Literature, Culture, and Subjectivity
Author: Gabriele Schwab
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
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.
Author: Mark Cronlund Anderson,Irene Maria Blayer
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Social Science
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.
Author: Sylvi Burkhardt
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Category: Literary Collections
Seminar paper from the year 2000 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Dusseldorf "Heinrich Heine", 20 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Tradition is a simple and abstract word, but it contains a vast amount of important connotations, among them culture, identity, knowledge, advice and emotions. I have chosen the field of African American tradition and Native American tradition to present different views on tradition and tradition awareness. To give a more detailed and concrete analysis I will use the short stories ”Everyday Use“ by Alice Walker and “Yellow Woman“ by Leslie Marmon Silko. In “Everyday Use“ I will mainly point out what tradition means to the characters Dee, Maggie and Mrs. Johnson. With the help of the story, I will prove both the antagonistic relationship and the parallels between Dee on the one side and Mrs. Johnson and Maggie on the other. Then I will focus on the importance of the traditional quiltmaking and the conflicts it brings up among the family members. The short story “Yellow Woman“ includes important aspects of the Native American culture such as the Trickster figure or the element of oral narration. So I will present the character Silva as a Trickster figure and describe the importance of oral tradition. Then I will continue with the protagonist’s inner conflicts concerning her identity. The last chapter concludes by comparing the attitudes of the shortstories‘ characters and gives perspectives.
Historic Hauntings and Ghost Tales from the Frontier, Hispanic, and Native American Traditions
Author: Patrick M. Mendoza
Publisher: august house
Category: Juvenile Fiction
A collection of ghost lore includes "The Ghosts of Wounded Knee," "The Moonlight Rider of Wyoming," and "The Hauntings of the Sheridan Inn."
Author: W. Michael Gear,Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Publisher: Forge Books
New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear continue the story of North America's Forgotten Past in People of the Nightland, a sweeping saga of a visionary boy who led his people out of the path of one of the worst catastrophes in the history of the world, and the brave little girl who loved him enough to believe in his dream. It has been a thousand years since Wolf Dreamer lead his people up through the dark hole in the ice to a rich, untouched continent bursting with game. But the world has changed. Most of the magnificent animals are gone, and the last of the great glaciers is melting, forming a huge freshwater lake in the middle of the world. Over the centuries the People of the Wolf have split into two clans. The People of the Nightland live in the honeycomb of ice caves that skirt the glacier. The People of the Sunpath live in hide lodges to the south, hunting the few remaining mammoths, bison, giant sloth, and short-faced bear. When a young orphaned boy named Silvertip receives a vision from Wolf Dreamer that their world is about to end, no one believes him--no one except a jaded war chief and a little girl. Led by Silvertip's dream, the three of them must convince both people to leave the land of their ancestors and flee eastward as fast as they can before the Ice Giants destroy the world. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
A Poetic Anthology of a Spiritual Journey
Author: Deborah Cofer
"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.
The Recovery of Tradition
Author: Robert M. Nelson
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Literary Criticism
"Leslie Marmon Silko's" Ceremony: "The Recovery of Tradition" is a study of the embedded texts that function as the formal and thematic backbone of Leslie Marmon Silko's 1977 novel. Robert M. Nelson identifies the Keresan and Navajo ethnographic pretexts that Silko reappropriates and analyzes the many ways these texts relate to the surrounding prose narrative.
Australian Impressions of Asia
Author: Alison Broinowski
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Political Science
Named after a notorious Norman Lindsay impression of Asia, this work traces the history of Australians' perceptions of their Asian and Pacific hemisphere from pre-colonial time to 1991. The book adopts a roughly chronological approach, from Aboriginal contacts with Indonesia, through the colonial period when responses to both Asia and the Pacific depended on whether artists considered themselves attached to the European past or to the regional present, to a period when increasing numbers of Asians migrate to Australia and Asia's financial dominance becomes unavoidable.
In Search of a Lost African Childhood
Author: Helene Cooper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Journalist Helene Cooper examines the violent past of her home country Liberia and the effects of its 1980 military coup in this deeply personal memoir and finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award. Helene Cooper is “Congo,” a descendant of two Liberian dynasties—traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. When Helene was eight, the Coopers took in a foster child—a common custom among the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa girl, suddenly became known as “Mrs. Cooper’s daughter.” For years the Cooper daughters—Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice—blissfully enjoyed the trappings of wealth and advantage. But Liberia was like an unwatched pot of water left boiling on the stove. And on April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers staged a coup d'état, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. The Coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. After a brutal daylight attack by a ragtag crew of soldiers, Helene, Marlene, and their mother fled Sugar Beach, and then Liberia, for America. They left Eunice behind. A world away, Helene tried to assimilate as an American teenager. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she found her passion in journalism, eventually becoming a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She reported from every part of the globe—except Africa—as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell. In 2003, a near-death experience in Iraq convinced Helene that Liberia—and Eunice—could wait no longer. At once a deeply personal memoir and an examination of a violent and stratified country, The House at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor's gentle humor. And at its heart, it is a story of Helene Cooper’s long voyage home.
Author: Leslie Marmon Silko
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A highly original and poetic self-portrait from one of America's most acclaimed writers. Leslie Marmon Silko's new book, her first in ten years, combines memoir with family history and reflections on the creatures and beings that command her attention and inform her vision of the world, taking readers along on her daily walks through the arroyos and ledges of the Sonoran desert in Arizona. Silko weaves tales from her family's past into her observations, using the turquoise stones she finds on the walks to unite the strands of her stories, while the beauty and symbolism of the landscape around her, and of the snakes, birds, dogs, and other animals that share her life and form part of her family, figure prominently in her memories. Strongly influenced by Native American storytelling traditions, The Turquoise Ledge becomes a moving and deeply personal contemplation of the enormous spiritual power of the natural world-of what these creatures and landscapes can communicate to us, and how they are all linked. The book is Silko's first extended work of nonfiction, and its ambitious scope, clear prose, and inventive structure are captivating. The Turquoise Ledge will delight loyal fans and new readers alike, and it marks the return of the unique voice and vision of a gifted storyteller.