Leslie Marmon Silko
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Introduction Part I: Ceremony Introduction 1. Intra-tribal Conversations 2. Inter-tribal Conversations 3. American and Global Conversations Part II: Almanac of the Dead Introduction 4. Traditional Conversations 5. Contemporary Conversations 6. Revisionary Conversations Part III: Gardens in the Dunes Introduction 7. Ancient Conversations 8. Domestic Conversations 9. Global Conversations Further Reading Notes on Contributors Index

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Leading scholars explore the major works of Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko and its contexts in Native American and international literary history.

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David L. Moore is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Montana, USA. Widely published in Native American literary studies, he is the author of 'That Dream Shall Have a Name': Native Americans Rewriting America (2013).

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This sterling collection of essays on Silko’s three novels builds on and extends the extensive Silko scholarship in multiple dimensions and to ambitious depth. Divided into three sections—one for each of the novels—the nine essays, taken together, reveal and explore themes that run throughout. Moore provides effective introductions to the collection as a whole and to each of the sections. As he explains in the opening introduction, the conceit running throughout is the twin notions of "witness and testimony," secondary to Silko’s project "to reveal the mythic dimensions of modern history and the historical momentum of ancient myth." The collection provides a complex theoretical web that speaks to "outside" audiences of resistance and representation. Within this overarching theme, the collection explores implications of gender, race, ethnicity, cultural practices and world views, spiritual dimensions of reality, the structure and performance of stories and storytelling—and so much more. This is a powerful book. Summing Up: Highly recommended.
*CHOICE*

[P]leasurable to read ... With gardening in mind, we could say that Moore’s collection has been well tended. Its critical diversity holds wide appeal ... the collection is useful as a study of Silko and the novel form. And Moore’s introductory essays alone make investment in the collection worthwhile.
*American Indian Quarterly*

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