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Dr. Robert M. Nelson
Professor of English, Emeritus
Selected Publications

Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony: The Recovery of Tradition. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.


Telling Our Daughters. Studies in American Indian Literatures 16.4 (Winter 2004): 103-07.

With Peter G. Beidler. Grandma's Wicker Basket: Untangling the Narrative Threads in Ceremony. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 28.1 (2004): 5-13.

Settling for Vision in Ceremony: Sun Man, Arrowboy, and Tayo. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 28.1 (2004):67-73.

Dawn / Is a Good Word: Naming an Emergent Motif of Contemporary Native American Poetry. Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary Native American Poetry, eds. Janice Gould and Dean Rader. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2003.  207-21.

Carter Revard in Cyberspace: An E-mail Sampler. Studies in American Indian Literatures 15.1 (Spring 2003): 109-17.


Ponca War Dancers: Creating a Pan-Indian Circle. The Salt Companion to Carter Revard. Ed. Ellen Arnold. Cambridge UK: Salt, 2007.  98-108.

Leslie Marmon Silko: Storyteller. The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. Eds. Joy Porter and Kenneth Roemer. Cambridge University Press, 2005.  245-56.

The Function of Landscape in Ceremony. 1988; rpt. in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony: A Casebook, ed. Allan Chavkin. New York: Oxford U P, 2002. 139-73.

B.A., University of Virginia 1967
Ph.D., Stanford University 1975
English and American Literature
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Areas of Expertise
Native American Literatures
Post-WWII American Literatures
U.S. Minorities Literatures