Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Language, Communication and Culture Studies (ICLCCS 2020)

Twin Archetype in Louise Erdrich’s Novels

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Xiaoli Huang
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Xiaoli Huang
Available Online 15 March 2021.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.210313.047How to use a DOI?
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twins, myth, archetype, replacement, storyteller
Abstract

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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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Language, Communication and Culture Studies (ICLCCS 2020)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
15 March 2021
ISBN
978-94-6239-352-3
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2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.210313.047How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2021, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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