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Title: Forever in the Rehearsal of the Vanishing Indian A Study of the Spokane Community in the Select Works of Shermam Alexie
Researcher: Aananthi Ballamurugan
Guide(s): Christina Rebecca
Keywords: Native American
Socio cultural
Historical trauma
University: Avinashilingam Deemed University For Women
Completed Date: 27.07.2016
Abstract: The intention of the thesis is to provide a broad ranging critical perspective of the various newlinefactors that contribute to the dysfunction and stasis of the Spokane community in the select works of newlineSherman Alexie. The socio-cultural, psychological and political domains of the Alexie s Spokane newlinecommunity are critically analyzed and evaluated. Theoretical frameworks from various disciplines are newlineapplied, in order to obtain a vivid and accurate picture of the multiple factors that contribute to the newlinecommunity s stasis and dysfunction. newlineThe second chapter makes an in depth study of the contemporary socio-cultural issues of newlinealcoholism, poverty, racism and violence that are highly prevalent in the community. The newlineunemployment, family dysfunction, irrelevant and outdated education, psychological attrition of the newlineyouth, poverty, violence and death endlessly exacerbate the prevailing hopeless condition of the newlinereservation that engulf their life with dysfunction and stasis. newlineThe third chapter focuses on the inherent pain and the unresolved grief of Alexie s protagonist newlineof the Spokane community. The soul wound brought about by an apocalyptic history of genocide and newlineforced assimilation have become intergenerational in the community, with an array of traumatic newlinepsychological symptoms along with maladaptive social behaviour and learned helplessness. These newlinesymptoms are highly destructive both at the individual and at the social level. Being collective and newlineever cumulative, it entraps them in a painful and devastated past. The historical trauma / newlineintergenerational trauma theory is used to expound the unresolved grief or the soul wound of the newlineSpokane community. newlineThe fourth chapter focuses on the resistant and resilience attitude of the protagonists of newlineAlexie s Spokane community. They are highly resistive to slanderous colonial stereotypes and myths newlinein their struggle to redefine their identity. The hatredness of the protagonist towards their white newlinecolonizers results in an irrational resistance to anything and everything white. This irrational
Pagination: 227 p.
Appears in Departments:Department of English

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