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Title: We are the Land: Ecoethical Discourse and Moral Imagination in the Writings of Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko
Authors: Chang, Yueh-Chen
Contributors: 英語學系
Keywords: Momaday;Scott;Silko;Leslie Marmon
Date: 2003-11
Issue Date: 2013-02-05T02:27:40Z
Publisher: 彰化師大文學院
Abstract: Traditional Native Americans deem their existence and identity formation inseparable from the land they reside in. They regard highly their close connection with landscape, and show deep respect for nature. Their reverence for the interdependent beings on earth also determines their cosmological and ecological views. However, under the colonization of European settlers, Native Americans were gradually removed from their own native lands, suffering a strong sense of dislocation and displacement. Even when contained in a reservation area, Native Americans must confront the encroachment of greedy white capitalists who envy and crave for the abundant natural resources in the area. Compelled, sometimes, by hunger and poverty to sell their lands and to accept the capitalist dumping of wastes on their lands, Native Americans endured a great pain of facing the alternation of their own cultural and physical landscapes. To construct the narrative of this collective racial memory, Native American writers choose to rely on the power of imagination they observe to contain in their verbal tradition. In this paper, I will draw upon N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn and Leslie Marmon Siko's Ceremony to examine how imagination functions to foster the construction of narrative and promulgate ecological ethics in Native American texts. I will also explore how contemporary Native American writers confront the state of colonialism by addressing the ecological and ethical issues in terms of what Momaday calls “moral imagination.”
Relation: 彰化師大文學院學報, 2: 241-259
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