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Picturing IdentityContemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text$
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Hertha D. Sweet Wong

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640709

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640709.001.0001

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Leslie Marmon Silko’s Photo-Narratives

Leslie Marmon Silko’s Photo-Narratives

“A Story Connected with Every Place, Every Object in the Landscape”

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(p.59) Leslie Marmon Silko’s Photo-Narratives
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Picturing Identity
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Hertha D. Sweet Wong

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640709.003.0003

This chapter explores Laguna Pueblo writer Leslie Marmon Silko’s less discussed works: the photo-texts Storyteller and Sacred Water. The chapter shows how rather than using images to illustrate or explain the text, Silko uses uncaptioned, floating images to create a “field of vision for the reading of the text,” thus emphasizing structurally a Pueblo sense of cyclical time. Pueblo identity, Silko insists, is defined by a long historical connection to place. She reveals how human relationships with land, plants, and animals link past, present, and future into a web of interdependence, highlighting her notion of an ecocentric, rather than homocentric, subjectivity.

Keywords:   Leslie Marmon Silko, Photo-Narrative, Pueblo identity, Cyclical Time, Image-Text, Subjectivity

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