Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Critical Essays

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With the publication of Ceremony in 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 in Almanac of the Dead, Silko has earned her place as a ...

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Overview

With the publication of Ceremony in 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 in Almanac 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 novel Almanac of the Dead are examined here. The critical approaches range from close reading to the postmodern. This collection is essential for all serious students of Silko's writings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826326751
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Barnett teaches American literature and Native American literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Silko's Power of Story
Introduction 1
A Laguna Woman 15
Silko's Reappropriation of Secrecy 23
Native Designs: Silko's Storyteller and the Reader's Initiation 63
To Tell a Good Story 87
Spinning a Fiction of Culture: Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller 101
Shifting Patterns, Changing Stories: Leslie Marmon Silko's Yellow Women 121
Antidote to Desecration: Leslie Marmon Silko's Nonfiction 135
Silko's Blood Sacrifice: The Circulating Witness in Almanac of the Dead 149
Material Meeting Points of Self and Other: Fetish Discourses and Leslie Marmon Silko's Evolving Conception of Cross-Cultural Narrative 185
Cannibal Queers: The Problematics of Metaphor in Almanac of the Dead 207
The Timeliness of Almanac of the Dead, or a Postmodern Rewriting of Radical Fiction 223
Old and New Notebooks: Almanac of the Dead as Revolutionary Entertainment 245
Mapping the Prophetic Landscape in Almanac of the Dead 261
Leslie Marmon Silko and Her Work: A Bibliographical Essay 273
Bibliography 285
Index 301
List of Contributors 317
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