ERIC Number: EJ924893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
(Re)location of Home in Louise Erdrich's "The Game of Silence"
Chang, Li Ping
Children's Literature in Education, v42 n2 p132-147 Jun 2011
Louise Erdrich is one of the most influential writers of the Native American Renaissance. Her contributions to the representation of Native American history have been great, and her masterpieces of children's literature have won her a prominent reputation. This article explores the (re)location of the concept of home in Erdrich's "The Game of Silence" and analyzes the novel's historical context with reference to various discourses on space/place, including those by Native Americans. Erdrich's narration reconstructs a space for Native American culture, religion and tradition, and for the continued survival of Native American people. She represents the silent history of her ancestors' displacement to the West, as white settlers encroached upon their beloved homeland. As Erdrich's work so poignantly illustrates, for Native American people, home is nowhere and anywhere.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, American Indians, Authors, United States History, Family Environment, Place of Residence, Novels
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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