Intercultural Communication in the Work of Leslie Marmon Silko

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Irina Chirica


The paper discusses Leslie Marmon Silko’s contribution as a writer born and bred in the Four-Corner Area of the United States (where the states of Utah, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico come together), a contact zone characterized by the meeting of three cultures: Pueblo, Chicano and Anglo-American. A mixed-race woman, Silko was perhaps the most suitable person, because of her family heritage and her life at the limits of the Laguna Pueblo, to explore multiculturalism from both a Native and a Euro-American perspective. She has become a bridge between cultures, writing for a Native American and a planet-wide audience. We explore Silko’s best-known work, the novel Ceremony and the short story Yellow Woman, focusing on the new literary devices and philosophical perspectives that open up through intercultural mediation.

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Chirica, I. “Intercultural Communication in the Work of Leslie Marmon Silko”. Linguaculture, vol. 13, no. 2, Dec. 2022, pp. 87-96, doi:10.47743/lincu-2022-2-0317.
Author Biography

Irina Chirica, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania

Irina CHIRICA is a lecturer of American Studies at the English Department of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of American Studies: American Literature, American History, Ethnic Studies, the History of American Art, American Regionalism (The West of Imagination). She has published three books: Aspecte ale temporalității în romanul american al secolului XX (1998), America, the Portrait of a Civilization (1999), and American Regionalism, an Anthology (2006), with Prof. Teodor Mateoc, as well as several text books and dozens of articles.


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