Resistance in Zitkala-Sa’s American Indian Stories


Loss of identity is one of the major problems of all time. People who believe that domination destroy their true colors find resistance against the dominant as a result to maintain their identity. Literature is one of ways that best present voices and actions of people. This paper aims to analyze resistance against the domination and resistance strategies in Zitkala-Sa’s American Indian Stories. The text is analyzed within a theoretical framework based on Karl Polanyi’s Theory of Countermovements, Antonio Gramsci’s Theory of Counterhegemony, and James C. Scott’s Theory of Infrapolitics. The study shows that Zitkala-Sa uses her pen as the weapon to resist domination by using disguised and non-disguised strategies. The study demonstrates that domination and resistance coexist together. Resistance can occur at any time and space in any form. Whenever there is an attempt to dominate, there will be resistance.

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Kulsiri Worakul, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Supaporn Yimwilai, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

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Conference: LibrAsia2017
Stream: Literature - Literature, Language and Identity

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