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Regeneration through Kinship: Indian "Orphans" Make Home in Works by Linda Hogan and Leslie Marmon Silko
Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för kultur och kommunikation, Engelska.
2012 (engelsk)Inngår i: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 43, nr 1, s. 103-120Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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Literary representations of orphanhood immediately activate the question of community through kinship and relation. In simple terms, "orphan" is unthinkable without its opposite family or kin. The language of orphanhood and family has been central to the study of national American literature, but recently indigenous notions of "kinship" have been proposed as key critical tools for examining Native American literature. In readings of Linda Hogan's Solar Storms (1995) and Leslie Marmon Silko's Gardens in the Dunes (1999), I find that attentiveness to kinship focuses inquiry squarely on literary responses to the historical disruption of Native kinship networks, broadly conceived, but also to the state's creation of Indian "orphans" through various forms of child removal. These works employ the motif of the Indian orphan's return to place Native thought and culture in critical relation to Euro-American social, ethical, and environmental practices. While previous scholarship has examined the critiques of Western, colonial cultures in the works of Hogan and Silko, the importance of the orphan figure to these projects has been largely overlooked. The literary orphan, I propose, is a particularly complex site in contemporary Native fiction for narrative interrogations of the limits and possibilities for community.

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2012. Vol. 43, nr 1, s. 103-120
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Orphan, Native American Literature, Leslie Marmon Silko, Linda Hogan, Kinship
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-17740ISI: 000303976900007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84860761457OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-17740DiVA, id: diva2:579163
Tilgjengelig fra: 2012-12-19 Laget: 2012-12-19 Sist oppdatert: 2017-12-06bibliografisk kontrollert

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