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The Boarding School Narratives of Zitkala-Ša: Biculturalism, Adaptability, and Writing as Agency

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Title: The Boarding School Narratives of Zitkala-Ša: Biculturalism, Adaptability, and Writing as Agency
Author: Alonso, Breanna
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: English
Advisor: Bold, Christine
Abstract: This thesis primarily examines the representation of agency in three short narratives from Zitkala-Ša’s (Dakota Sioux) collection American Indian Stories. This study evaluates Zitkala-Ša’s sense of her own voice and agency as a writer, and the agency which she ascribes to the narrator in her written works. Close readings of the narratives were performed, in addition to the application of theoretical and critical secondary sources. The analysis demonstrates that Zitkala-Ša used language and written narrative as a form of empowerment to express agency; to represent an inclusive range of boarding school experiences; and to expose the true intentions of cultural genocide in the boarding school system, as well as the falsehoods of education which it presented.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26670
Date: 2021-12
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