Literary Criticism and American Indians

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Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Critical Essays


Edited by Louise K. Barnett
Edited by James L. Thorson

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.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

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

Robert F. Gish is the author of over a dozen works of fiction and memoir, folktales, and literary biographies and essays. His story collections include Bad Boys and Black Sheep (1996), Dreams of Quivira (1996), and First Horses: Stories of the New West (1993); he also has written a memoir of growing up in the west, Songs of My Hunter Heart (1992). He taught at the University of Northern Iowa from 1967-91 and served as director of ethnic studies and professor of English at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo from 1991 to 2001. Of Cherokee-Anglo American descent, Gish lives with his wife Judith in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ACCLAIM

" . . . an important collection for students interested in new perspectives and a deeper understanding of Silko's work."

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Feminist Academic Press



". . .this collection of essays is essential reading for anyone interested in Silko's work. . ."

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Western American Literature



". . an excellent gathering of Silko's own words about her process, her work and her view of the stories of her people."

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New Mexico Woman




6 x 9 in. 336 pages