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SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER

Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur.

Abstract
It is a well-known fact that the period of colonization was one which not only alarmingly harmed and distorted the
histories of native people or the colonized ones but had also effectively initiated a play of power that led to a control
over the discourses which in turn led to the politics of representation of the colonized people. From the historical
moment of contact between Europeans and natives, this misrepresentation has been taking place, and in fact this has
been the prime concern of postcolonial studies since its inception.
Issues of agency and voice of the colonized has been one of the most discussed theme within the postcolonial
discourse.Almost all the prominent post colonial thinkers and theorists, as diverse as, Fanon, Spivak, Ashcroft,
Griffiths and Tiffin to Bhabha have all written about the silencing of the colonized in the process of colonization.
From Spivak‘s notion of the voiceless subaltern to Bhabha‘s theorization of the ‗silencing and oppression of the
colonial subject‘the notion of a lack of complete agency of the colonized, has been variously insisted within the
post-colonial discourse.
And it is this overarching theorization of the silencing of the colonised that had led to the disregard of the several
disparate ways in which the colonizer had indeed articulated its voice.The effort to re-define the parameters of the
literary canon either by recovering a variety of previously dismissed discourses (e.g., slave narratives, early
women‘s autobiographies, Native American stories) is a emerging trend.The Native American writer Leslie Marmon
Silko is the representative of a similar space of post colonialism which has received minimal attention by
postcolonial scholars and critics alike. It is in this context that this paper aims to attempt a critical study of Silko‘s
1981 work Storyteller. The paper critically analyzes Silko‘s mode of resistance manifested in her strategy of
subversion of the Euro-American literary genre of autobiography focusing particularly on her strategies of
problematizing fixed notions of genres and literary forms by incorporating elements of orality in her works.

Key words: Postcolonialism, voice, agency, identity, representation, resistance,Native American, orality, subversion


 
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Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur. SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER. JCR. 2020; 7(9): 2572-2581. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414


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Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur. SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER. http://www.jcreview.com/?mno=108875 [Access: May 30, 2021]. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414


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Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur. SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER. JCR. 2020; 7(9): 2572-2581. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414



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Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur. SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER. JCR. (2020), [cited May 30, 2021]; 7(9): 2572-2581. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414



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Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur (2020) SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER. JCR, 7 (9), 2572-2581. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414



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Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur. 2020. SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (9), 2572-2581. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414



Chicago Style

Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur. "SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 2572-2581. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414



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Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur. "SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.9 (2020), 2572-2581. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414



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Ms. Hanifa Rahman, Ms. Deepali Borthakur (2020) SUBVERTING FORM AS A MEANS OF RESISTANCE: A CRITICAL READING OF LESLIE MARMON SILKO’S STORYTELLER. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (9), 2572-2581. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.414