Chapter Three: Listening to Silences

Horne, Dee
January 1999
Contemporary American Indian Writing: Unsettling Literature;1999, p51
Book Chapter
Chapter 3 of the book "Contemporary American Indian Writing: Unsettling Literature" is presented. The chapter analyzes how author Ruby Slipperjack deals with the issue of cultural gap in her book "Silent Words." She addresses the judgmental binary thinking underlying colonial attitudes toward silence. Slipperjack uses the implicature approach to convey and validate silence as part of the continuum of language. Her narrative style created an alternative discourse that greatly affirms American Indians.


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