Understanding Ceremony

Understanding Ceremony

A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Book - 2004
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Insightful analysis helps students better understand Ceremony, and topical essays interwoven with primary documents enlighten readers to the historical and contemporary Native American issues confronted in this pivotal work of American fiction.
Since 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 2 takes 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 traditional arts and crafts. Other historical context chapters explore the impact of World War II-- particularly the development of the atomic bomb--and traditional Native American spiritual and healing practices. The final chapter of this casebook takes a close look at issues of social welfare and problems of alcohol in both historical and contemporary contexts. Western views of medicine are juxtaposed and compared to traditional Native American attitudes and practices.

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Domina (English, State U. of New York-Delhi) offers excerpts of documents relative to understanding Leslie Marmon Silko's 1977 Ceremony one of a handful of novels by Native American writers most frequently taught in high school and college literature courses. They provide background on the Laguna Pueblo; World War II and the development of the atomic bomb; traditional Native American spirituality and western medicine; and Native Americans, alcohol, and social welfare. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Presents background information on the Laguna Pueblo and discusses historical events of the time to assist readers in better understanding Leslie Marmon Silko's novel "Ceremony."

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780313328596
Characteristics: xiv, 167 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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