Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2063-9173

Date of Award

8-2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Gina Caison

Second Advisor

Randy Malamud

Third Advisor

Christopher Kocela

Abstract

In this project I rethink a key analytical category borrowed from religious studies—ritual—through the joint intervention of postsecular critique and Indigenous literature. My work unfolds in two parts: first in a critique of Eurocentric historicism and then in a move towards an anti-historicist interpretive horizon that nevertheless relates back to history. Chapter 2 then analyzes the Cherokee-Canadian author Thomas King’s 1993 novel, Green Grass, Running Water. I demonstrate that postsecular interpretation readily builds connections across time and space, prompting the reformation of categories such as ritual so that they may exceed their Eurocentric roots. What emerges from Green Grass, Running Water as a result is a clarified Indigenous radicalism that simultaneously reaffirms and displaces human agency.

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