Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Degree Program

English

Department

English

Major Professor

Elizabeth Steeby

Second Advisor

Earle Bryant

Third Advisor

John Hazlett

Abstract

A comparative analysis of Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, with a focus on individual as well as collective memory work in historically marginalized indigenous and African-American communities, respectively. This represents a critical study of how the novels invoke progressive and redemptive models of remembering, as well as foreground the role of spiritual guides in the transformative process from trauma towards healing.

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