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It "undertakes to explain how the phenomena have achieved their significance. . by reference to an underlying system" that can be seen and described objectively as a fixed set "of rules and codes" (Abrams, pp. 280-81). "Much structuralist analysis is formalist in the sense of separating form and content and giving form priority," adds Raymond Williams (p. 306). Seen as a movement, structuralism gave way to a "poststructuralist" attack on "the quasi-scientific pretensions" of its "strict form" (Abrams, p.

To build my framework, I must first attempt to redefine a few old terms whose familiar use has weakened them, especially for their usefulness in introducing work whose origins differ as much as Native American poetic discourse apparently does from mainstream European literature. In putting those terms in a new perspective, and in constructing a rudimentary classification to recognize sacred Native American texts, I draw from over twenty years of archival research and reservation fieldwork in search of tribal activity that projects ongoing preliterate traditions.

According to the redoubtable M. H. " It "undertakes to explain how the phenomena have achieved their significance. . by reference to an underlying system" that can be seen and described objectively as a fixed set "of rules and codes" (Abrams, pp. 280-81). "Much structuralist analysis is formalist in the sense of separating form and content and giving form priority," adds Raymond Williams (p. 306). Seen as a movement, structuralism gave way to a "poststructuralist" attack on "the quasi-scientific pretensions" of its "strict form" (Abrams, p.

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