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    Title: The hoop of awareness: revenge, identity, and healing in louise erdrich's four souls
    Other Titles: 覺醒之環:虂薏絲‧鄂翠曲《四魂》中的復仇、身分認同、和治療
    Authors: 劉懿嫺;Liu, I-hsien
    Contributors: 淡江大學英文學系碩士班
    陳吉斯;Chen, Chi-szu
    Keywords: 復仇;身分認同;治療;搗蛋鬼;旅途;見證;生態女性主義;revenge;Identity;healing;trickster;journey;witnessing;ecofeminism
    Date: 2008
    Issue Date: 2010-01-10 23:13:07 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: 論文提要內容:
    Louise Erdrich’s novels are full of the web-like images and emphasize the interconnection among characters. In this thesis, I analyze Louise Erdrich’s Four Souls, which deals with the story of the heroine’s journey of revenge, which are interlaced with the stories of the two narrators. I regard the three topics of my thesis, revenge, identity crisis, and healing, as a “hoop of awareness” for the main characters of the novel. Grasping such a hoop can help reader to understand the unique culture and social conditions of Native Americans.
    In the introduction of my thesis, I summarize the story of Four Souls, and introduce the Erdrich’s narrative characteristics. Moreover, I compare the cyclic journey of Fleur with Joseph Campbell’s description of “heroic cycle.” In chapter one, I discuss the theme of retaliation, which unifies the threads of the narratives of this novel. There are three revenge scenarios in Four Souls. Here, I discuss the issue of revenge with reference to the principle of game. For one thing, the major characters’ revenges are proceed with trickster-like strategies of game; for the other, I argue that the process and result of revenge is regarded as a game, which release the heated tension of conflict. In chapter two, I deal with the functions of naming and the issues of identity formation. A name not only represents one’s identity, but also is endowed with responsibility. I use Kelly Oliver’s theory on “witnessing” to discuss the theme of identity formation. In chapter three, I dwell on the problem of identity crisis and the healing way of Native Americans. I use a diagram to show the healing relationship among the characters in the novel. The “medicine dress,” an important tool of healing in the novel, implies the importance of personal experience and is delineated with significance of ecofeminism.
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