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Literary Precedents for The Ancient Child

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Literary Precedents

Other than a few influences and faint traces, the novel overall, in many respects, is without precedence. Momaday's particular mode of language use and story-telling are experimental. It stems from the ancient traditions of oral storytelling, with its conventions of simple language and stock phrasing as well as from the contemporary influences of novelists such as Faulkner, Steinbeck and Lawrence who used the tools of setting and landscape, of image and language in their novels.

In the genre of Native American literature, it is unique in its drawing from a larger range of Western sources rather than from only a Native American viewpoint. This variety and richness of voices and cultures in the novel is also unique. Grey's visions with their detail and personal involvement with Billy the Kid partakes of the slips and fragmentation of time common to fantasy, particularly the magical fantasy of Mexican-American literature of...

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