Twin Archetype in Louise Erdrich’s Novels
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- twins, myth, archetype, replacement, storyteller
Twin stories are central to American Indian mythology. Native American novelist Louise Erdrich has created the images of twins in several of her works. Taking the mythic twins Matchkwewis and Oshkikwe from the Anishinaabe tales and stories as an archetype, many of Erdrich’s novels, such as Tracks, Love Medicine, The Antelope Wife, and The Round House, are based on the stories of twins and depict different twins or twinlike characters. Erdrich takes up the responsibility of storyteller to tell stories about residents on the reservation, carrying forward Indian culture and conveying positive value to the readers. From the perspective of the twin archetype, this essay discusses the power of action of these twin characters in Erdrich’s novels, so as to interpret her replacement strategy of folk tales.
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TY - CONF AU - Xiaoli Huang PY - 2021 DA - 2021/03/15 TI - Twin Archetype in Louise Erdrich’s Novels BT - Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Language, Communication and Culture Studies (ICLCCS 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 252 EP - 257 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.210313.047 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.210313.047 ID - Huang2021 ER -