What Killed June? Acretive Tales Written by Louis Erdrich Cover Image

Šta je ubilo Džun? Akretivne pripovijesti Luis Erdrič
What Killed June? Acretive Tales Written by Louis Erdrich

Author(s): Marija Knežević
Subject(s): Other Language Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Filološki fakultet, Nikšić
Keywords: accretive narrative; indigenous to narrative; ecosystems conception; polyphony; discourse of deceivers;

Summary/Abstract: This paper considers Louise Erdrich’s novels in the light of Native American accretive narrative method. In the eco-systemic conception of native universe, all the phenomena are referentially connected. Passed onto the narrative (which originally functioned as a “repetition of Creation”), this conception effects a circular, a linear, a chronological, polyphone narrative form that semantically grows with each circular movement. It reminds of a tightly wound ball of wool whose beginning and end are difficult to discern. In such a hermeneutical space, the inherited diegetic impulse only hinders the fullness of reading experience whose true nature is supposed to be exactly in the acceptance of the fact that the final meaning of the story is impossible to define. Finally, such a narrative conception mirrors the ultimate moral assumption of the native cultures – acceptance of life in its complexity, which includes all the errors, tragedies, and the whites, and which transcends all the imprinted and humanly imaginable borders.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 83-98
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Montenegrine