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An Ecological Reading of Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony

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Authors
Park, Jae Young
Issue Date
2018-12
Publisher
서울대학교 미국학연구소
Citation
미국학, Vol.41 No.2, pp. 77-92
Keywords
SilkoCeremonyCapitalism, IndianNatureEco-community
Abstract
By analyzing Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony primarily from an ecological perspective, this study tries to find the cause of the ecological disaster that contemporary civilization faces and argues that Ceremony is a text of resistance aiming at a gradual subversion of the corrupt white capitalist culture. By suggesting a life-centered ecological perspective, this essay clarifies that Ceremony is a practical and revolutionary text designed to present methods for achieving ecological justice which was devastated by white people’s commercial and capitalistic greed and violence upon nature. This essay also shows that Ontological equality and interdependence among the members of the ecosystem are at the core of Silko’s eco-vision, and it reflects the ancient Laguna Pueblo’s inclusive vision of the world. To understand “self/other as interpenetrating part/part and part/whole relationships rather than dichotomy” is fundamental for understanding Silko’s eco-community (Murphy 9).
ISSN
1229-4381
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/147089
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