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dc.contributor.advisorFagan, Kristinaen_US
dc.creatorDyck, Melanieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-05T12:58:01Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:42:16Z
dc.date.available2010-07-10T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:42:16Z
dc.date.created2009-07en_US
dc.date.issued2009-07-10en_US
dc.date.submittedJuly 2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-07052009-125801en_US
dc.description.abstractFocusing on Beatrice Mosionier’s fictional autobiography In Search of April Raintree, this thesis analyzes April and Cheryl Raintree’s emotional and psychological responses to oppression and racism and to freedom and love. One of the main arguments is that the sisters suffer internalized oppression and self-hatred after being exposed to colonial control and oppression and suffer internalized racism, self-hatred, and self-alienation and are acculturated to white cultural standards after experiencing racism. The sisters’ oppression re-enforces white dominance, and racism fosters white cultural control. The second main argument is that April and Cheryl are freed from internalized oppression when they have personal freedom and experience self-acceptance and embrace their ancestry and Aboriginal culture when they enjoy accepting, prizing love that validates their Aboriginal ancestry. The sisters’ personal freedom destabilizes white dominance and their self-acceptance and disalienation subvert white cultural values. The arguments are guided by the psychological theories of Frantz Fanon, Carl Rogers, and Eduardo and Bonnie Duran. This thesis also examines the importance that cultural practice has in April and Cheryl’s healing, studies the love the Raintree family shared in spite of the colonial forces tearing the family apart, and examines April as the narrator, showing how she is, at times, unreliable.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectAboriginal Psychologyen_US
dc.subjectAboriginal Literatureen_US
dc.titleA psychological analysis of the struggle with racism in In Search of April Raintreeen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGingell, Susanen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberParkinson, Daviden_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMacdougall, Brendaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCooley, Ronen_US


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