Dr. Jana Rivers Norton is an Education Specialist for the Trio Program, University of New Mexico, Gallup Campus.


Publications:
Native American Ceremonialism as “Kinaesthetic Imagining”: A Study in Movement and Meaning

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Creativity as an Agent of Change: Transforming Childhood Adversity through Literary Regeneration and the Power of Place

The paper examines the transformation of childhood trauma through creative means in the lives of four eminent writers and their profound connection to nature as a sustaining and stabilizing force.

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Stories of Survival: Genocide and Women’s Experience. A Comparative, Cross-cultural View

This paper presents women’s narratives of genocidal experience and survival within native California and Germany from a comparative, cross-cultural perspective.

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Creativity as Redemption: The Visionary Life of Hildegard of Bingen

This paper addresses mystical forms of consciousness as recounted by female mystics during the Middle Ages. The life and times of Hildegard of Bingen and others will be explored.

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An Empathic Response: Creating Pluralism through the Interpretation of Cross-cultural Texts

This paper presents a multi-modal approach to literature to propose an empathic yet critical reading of cross-cultural narratives from a pluralistic perspective.

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Sustaining Ontological Ground: An Exploration of Human Consciousness and the American Literary Landscape

This paper explores the interface between literary creativity in American letters and the power of the physical landscape to shape human consciousness and identity in relation to the natural realm.

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Writing the Self into Existence: Neurasthenic Women and the Rendering of Literary Form during the Victorian Age

This paper examines Victorian constructs of gender and literary creativity to determine how specific women writers crafted literary narratives that revealed and magnified their own developing sense of self.

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Ethnopoetics and the Interpretation of Culture: California Anthropology. Its Reflection in the Life and Works of Theodora Kroeber

The purpose of this paper is to provide an ethnopoetical approach to northwestern California native literature to address damaging misconceptions regarding the rich oral heritage of native northwestern California.

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