Title

From Individual Trauma to Global Healing: An Ecopsychological Reading of Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Committee Chair

Martina Sciolino

Committee Chair Department

English

Committee Member 2

Charles Sumner

Committee Member 2 Department

English

Committee Member 3

Linda Allen

Committee Member 3 Department

English

Abstract

Native Amencan author Leshe Marmon Silko rehes heavily on her protagomst Tayo's connection to the Laguna reservation of New Mexico m her novel,Ceremony (1977). This connection is not only physical and cultural, but also psychological m nature.With true postmodern sensibihty, Silko constructs, deconstructs and reconstructs Tayo's psychological connection to his environment through a relational and ecologically based approach to the post-traumatic stress disorder with which he suffers after his mvolvement m World War II. Read alongside contemporary ecopsychological theones and practices, Ceremony offers an ecologically sound anecdote to the modem condition of human ahenation from each other and the natural world.

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