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Simon Ortiz' "Fight Back For the Sake of the People For the Sake of the Land": Italian Translation and Interpretive Essay

This thesis comprehends a translation of Simon Ortiz' Fight Back For the Sake of the People For the Sake of the Land, from English into Italian, and an interpretive essay on the text. The latter discusses the special features which make Ortiz' work an important text to be translated: the critique of stereotypes imposed on Native Americans; the difficulty to classify this text on the basis of usual categorization of genres; the usage of traditional imagery in a contemporary setting to signify the vitality of tribal oral tradition. The critical perspective has been based both on Western critics, and Native American authors who could provide an internal commentary on the work of literature. This thesis also discusses the political message conveyed in the text. Special attention is devoted to the debate over the definition of canon, and the coincidence of the quincentenary of Columbus' arrival in the Americas.


Antonio Giovanni Idini


Larry Evers





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M9791 I35s


ATT 1349461
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences