Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, New York: Viking, 1977

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch60

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

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How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, New York: Viking, 1977, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch60

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, New York - Viking, 1977;
  • novel, that became Ceremony - Leslie Silko, recalling in a preface to a recent edition, as “a funny story about Harley”;
  • novel insisting on importance of stories - in part by incorporating them into its narrative methods;
  • important novel of Native American Renaissance, Ceremony - combining Western narrative methods and Native American mythology, from Pueblo and Navajo sources;
  • Old Betonie's healing work - his recognition of the need to change and adapting the old ceremonies;
  • Tayo's earlier visit to a more traditional healer - the Laguna elder Old Ku'oosh, failing, as had the modern medicine of the Los Angeles hospital;
  • chronicle of loss, Tayo's story - Harley, Leroy, and Emo, drunk, and threatening to drag Tayo into the violent chaos of their own lives;
  • Betonie, making it clear to Tayo - upon finishing the rituals that the ceremony is not finished;
  • larger ceremony, represented by Tayo's journey - ceremonies performed on the mountainside by Ts'eh;
  • bomb, a destructive force - to Tayo and to the Japanese whom Tayo and Rocky had been fighting

Summary

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