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The very general context for this short formal essay is Survivance in / and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony. Your essay should address the concept of “survivance” in some direct way but that does not have to be your sole or primary focus. I have provided a list of general topics – but whatever topic you choose will have to be much more specific.
Potential General Topics
We’ll discuss each topic in detail in class [on Zoom]. I’ll also introduce you to several texts on literary critical approaches that I’ve posted on Blackboard / Reading Materials in connection with topics #2, #3, #4.
Survivance in Ceremony—Testing the Concept
Women in Ceremony—A Feminist Reading
Settler Colonialism in Ceremony—A Postcolonial Reading
Environmental Issues in Ceremony—an Ecocritical Reading
Legal Issues in Ceremony
The Function of Storytelling in Ceremony
Trauma in Ceremony
The Search for a Cure [to what?] [for whom?] in Ceremony
Transmission of Native Knowledge in Ceremony
Mixed-Race Identity in Ceremony
Assimilation / Adaptation in Ceremony
________________________ in Ceremony [I’m happy to accept other ideas—let me know what you’re considering.]
Your introduction should contain a clear thesis statement that requires “proof” in the form of analysis and supporting evidence.
Your essay should include at least four relevant direct quotations from Ceremony.
Your essay should include a minimum of one relevant direct quotation from Vizenor’s “Aesthetics of Survivance.” If you choose Topic #1 you should include several.
Your essay should include at least two relevant direct quotations [depending on your topic] from one of the secondary sources on our syllabus (Kroeber, Jehner, Stein, or Swan).
If relevant to your topic, you should include some direct quotation from Silko’s “Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit.”
Acknowledge all sources as appropriate in the body of your text and list them with full citations on your Works Cited list.
Due Date} 10/7/2021 submitted to “Assignments” on Blackboard
Required Length} 1000-1100 words
Format} Typed; double-spaced; 12-point font
Title} It must be original and indicative of your specific focus.
Citations} MLA Works Cited List