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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Keeping the Faith: The Ideological Struggles of "Tracks”

This paper looks at intersections of race, nationality, and gender in Louise Erdrich’s "Tracks". It examines the ways in which the character Pauline Puyat functions as representation of religious and racial hybridity in the novel who, through her hybridization of Catholic and Chippewa/Anishinabe religious beliefs experiences a struggle that parallels the larger ideological struggles at work in the novel. Using close analysis and historical context, this paper illuminates Erdrich’s reasons for including such a complicated character and what this character can show us about the paradoxes of colonization.

Presenter: Jim Despaw (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 216 Hartwell
Time: 3 pm (Session IV)