The Mask Maker: A Novel

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2002 - 141 pagine

In The Mask Maker, Diane Glancy tells the story of Edith Lewis, a recently divorced mixed-blood American Indian, as she travels the state of Oklahoma teaching students the art and custom of mask-making. A complex, subtle tale about f1esh-and-blood human beings, this enchanting novel shows how one woman copes with alienation, loss, and questions about identity and, in the end, rediscovers meaning in living.

Through Edith's daily life and efforts to teach, Glancy explores the power of the mask and mask-making. When Edith tries reaching out to a listless, alienated student, she knows enough to ask, "Where would you want to go?" He replies, "Nowhere," to which she responds with the advice, "Then make a mask to take you nowhere."

For Edith, masks go beyond the limitations of words and surface gloss. "A mask is a face when you have none," she reflects. Yet some stories need to be confronted, so Edith struggles with the question of how to use masks to tell stories without using words.

Glancy's Edith is no idealized sage but a very human character struggling as best she can while enduring clueless officials and teachers. When Edith explains to one teacher how the art of mask-making reaches students on a creative, intuitive level, she is chided as impractical: "We're supposed to reach them through math and English."

In The Mask Maker, Glancy provides the reader with intriguing new ways of looking at identity, at language, at intangible values, and at love. This captivating novel on the human need for self-expression will delight readers of all ages.

 

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THE MASK MAKER

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Mixed-blood Cherokee Native American Glancy—a widely talented prizewinner writer-poet-essayist-playwright, holder of the Cherokee Medal of Honor (Pushing the Bear, 1996)—now explores her roots ... Leggi recensione completa

The mask maker: a novel

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In this experiment by prolific poet, short story writer, and novelist Glancy, prose takes on some of the aspects of poetry. Using the traditional form of the novel, Glancy tells the story of Edith ... Leggi recensione completa

Sommario

Sezione 1
3
Sezione 2
12
Sezione 3
28
Sezione 4
29
Sezione 5
37
Sezione 6
40
Sezione 7
42
Sezione 8
43
Sezione 13
81
Sezione 14
88
Sezione 15
97
Sezione 16
105
Sezione 17
107
Sezione 18
118
Sezione 19
123
Sezione 20
132

Sezione 9
52
Sezione 10
58
Sezione 11
60
Sezione 12
73
Sezione 21
134
Sezione 22
139
Sezione 23
141
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Informazioni sull'autore (2002)

Diane Glancy is Professor of English at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. She has received the Cherokee Medal of Honor from the Cherokee Honor Society. She is also an award-winning author of poetry, short stories, and plays. Her works include War Cries, a collection of plays, and Firesticks and The Voice That Was in Travel, both short story collections published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Her collection of essays, Claiming Breath, won the North American Indian Prose Award and an American Book Award.

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