Understanding Ceremony : A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents (The Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series)
Lynn DominaISBN: 0313328595;
Book DescriptionSince its publication in 1977, Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony has become one of the most frequently assigned and important literary works in the expanded canon. It has garnered praise and respect both as a masterpiece of American fiction and for its contributions to the growing field of Native American literature. This casebook helps readers appreciate the work for both its literary merit and for its exploration of important cultural and historical themes and topics. The initial chapter offers a fresh literary analysis of the novel, with discussion of character and thematic development. Four topical chapters interweave essays with primary documents that situate the work within historical contexts and ongoing contemporary issues. Chapter 2takes the reader to the heart of the Laguna Pueblo with historical accounts, including a chronology and excerpts from several treaties dating back to 1848, and cultural perspectives based on epics and legends, daily life sketches, and...
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