CONTEMPORARY MYTH CONSTRUCTION IN THE “YELLOW WOMAN”

Marcia Tiemy Morita Kawamoto

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Native American identity reconstruction, along with other ethnic and minority groups, conflicts with poststructuralist theories of deconstructionism. Derrida‟s famous quote “There is nothing beyond the text” (1976, p. 158) illustrates the notion of how everything can be analyzed as a narrative. As a consequence, important issues to Native American writing such as myth and identity become only constructions, which weakens their claim for Native American politics. Leslie Silko‟s short story “Yellow Woman” manages to agree with a deconstructionism point of view when it reconstructs a traditional folktale in the present; at the same time, it also affirms a Native American identity, which reinforces the need to reconstruct and reposition an indigenous representation as belonging to a history of traditions.

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Poststructuralism; Native American Identity; Leslie Marmon Silko‟s “Yellow Woman”

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