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Срещи на кръстопътя: сакралното и профанното в конструирането на личността в романа на Линда Хоуган “Сила”


Authors:
Yonka Krasteva

Pages: 122-138

Abstract:

s Europe’s periphery shrinks, the European author’s strategic positioning is inevitably linked to “the subaltern status of minority groups in the countries in which we teach and work” (Hornung) and inevitably calls for comparative, interdisciplinary approaches. By taking such a comparative approach, I read Linda Hogan’s Power as a borderland text, a novel conveying a cosmic message of healing. While critiquing Hogan’s overt binary thinking in her validation of Native American spirituality versus Judeo-Christian religion, I also maintain that “the dynamic symbiosis between cultural epistemologies and symbolism in the construction of the sacred that the novel promotes” ultimately defies such a separatist ethos. Addressing the “re-writing of ancient myths” in Bulgarian literature, which is yet “another marginalized, non- Western culture,” and in the ceremonial literature that draws from it, my cross-cultural reading ultimately complies with Hogan’s primary intent in her art: “I think of my work as part of the history of our tribe and as part of the history of colonization everywhere.”

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