Event Title

First, Do No Harm: The Power of a Good Title in Native American Bildungsromans

Presenter Information

Johnathan Maule

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

College

College of Art & Letters

Major

English

Location

RM 215-218

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Luz Elena Ramirez

Start Date

2-27-2013 1:40 PM

End Date

2-27-2013 5:20 PM

Abstract

The essay analyzes Sherman Alexie’s “Smoke Signals” and Louise Erdrich’s “Tracks,” and by comparing and contrasting key passages, illustrates how both titles complicate and reinforce four literary themes-destruction and regeneration, power and prestige, the oral tradition, and initiation. Both texts are then situated within a larger context of loss and renewal within Native American Buildings Romans.

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Feb 27th, 1:40 PM Feb 27th, 5:20 PM

First, Do No Harm: The Power of a Good Title in Native American Bildungsromans

RM 215-218

The essay analyzes Sherman Alexie’s “Smoke Signals” and Louise Erdrich’s “Tracks,” and by comparing and contrasting key passages, illustrates how both titles complicate and reinforce four literary themes-destruction and regeneration, power and prestige, the oral tradition, and initiation. Both texts are then situated within a larger context of loss and renewal within Native American Buildings Romans.