Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/193400
Title:
Collage of Color in Silko's "Storyteller"
Author:
Stewart, Sherrie Lynn
Issue Date:
2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
As an American Indian writer, Leslie Marmon Silko stretches the imaginations and perceptions of her readers. This Master's thesis investigates one of the motifs she employs to induce these results, the use of color symbolism. Color and color symbolism are utilized in every culture, but Silko's writings provide a quandary which begs investigation - how does this Laguna Pueblo writer integrate the color symbols of her culture and landscape into her stories and poetry? This question is addressed by researching the significance of specific colors within the Pueblo and related communities, exposing through close reading the use of these specific colors within the texts, and finally, through literary analysis, unraveling the language to glean new perspectives on the discourse. A primary work to be analyzed is her collection of poems and stories, Storyteller, and specifically one fictional piece from that collection also entitled "Storyteller," which incorporates layering of Pueblo culture and color symbolism over a distinctly different community and landscape, the Inuit of Alaska. Using this particular story as a basis for looking at other pieces within Storyteller, the integrated system of colors emerges through a close reading of the text. Although color representation is considered universal or innate, this research addresses culture specific color systems and how that association enriches Native literature as well as the scholarship and theoretical basis of American Indian Studies programs.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
color; Laguna; Pueblo; Silko; storytelling
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
American Indian Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Evers, Lawrence
Committee Chair:
Evers, Lawrence

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleCollage of Color in Silko's "Storyteller"en_US
dc.creatorStewart, Sherrie Lynnen_US
dc.contributor.authorStewart, Sherrie Lynnen_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractAs an American Indian writer, Leslie Marmon Silko stretches the imaginations and perceptions of her readers. This Master's thesis investigates one of the motifs she employs to induce these results, the use of color symbolism. Color and color symbolism are utilized in every culture, but Silko's writings provide a quandary which begs investigation - how does this Laguna Pueblo writer integrate the color symbols of her culture and landscape into her stories and poetry? This question is addressed by researching the significance of specific colors within the Pueblo and related communities, exposing through close reading the use of these specific colors within the texts, and finally, through literary analysis, unraveling the language to glean new perspectives on the discourse. A primary work to be analyzed is her collection of poems and stories, Storyteller, and specifically one fictional piece from that collection also entitled "Storyteller," which incorporates layering of Pueblo culture and color symbolism over a distinctly different community and landscape, the Inuit of Alaska. Using this particular story as a basis for looking at other pieces within Storyteller, the integrated system of colors emerges through a close reading of the text. Although color representation is considered universal or innate, this research addresses culture specific color systems and how that association enriches Native literature as well as the scholarship and theoretical basis of American Indian Studies programs.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectcoloren_US
dc.subjectLagunaen_US
dc.subjectPuebloen_US
dc.subjectSilkoen_US
dc.subjectstorytellingen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAmerican Indian Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorEvers, Lawrenceen_US
dc.contributor.chairEvers, Lawrenceen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberParezo, Nancyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWashburn, Francien_US
dc.identifier.proquest11055en_US
dc.identifier.oclc137355536en_US
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