S-Space Researcher Institutes (연구소) American Studies Institute (미국학연구소) 미국학 미국학 Volume 41 Number 1/2 (2018)
An Ecological Reading of Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony
- Park, Jae Young
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 미국학연구소
- 미국학, Vol.41 No.2, pp. 77-92
- 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).