Saturday, May 16, 2009

Discussion questions for Bearheart

- Bearheart, as with much of Vizenor’s oeuvre, is concerned with trickster mythological figures. Do any of the characters fit trickster archetype? If they do, how does their behavior effect the events in the story?

- What does role does Vizenor think language plays in society? What role in our consciousness? What does he mean by “terminal creeds” and “word wars”?

- Many characters shift identities (Bishop Parasimo, Pio Wissakodewinni) or have multiple names (Saint Plumero, aka Bigfoot, aka double saint). What function does this have in the story?

- Lilith Mae Farrier? Your guess is as good as mine.

This meeting will also be the final vote for next year's selections, if you didn't already vote via email, and also the last chance to vote when you would like to meet if the libraries hours change.

We'll be meeting to discuss this book May 21st at the Main Library in Conference Rm 3 at 6pm. Feel free to bring food and drink.

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