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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Cultural Memory and Literature : Re-imagining Australia's Past
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'Cultural memory involves a community shared memories, the selection of which is based on current political and social needs. A past that is significant to a national group is re-imagined by generating new meanings that replace earlier certainties and fixed symbols or myths. This creates literary syncretisms with moments of undecidability. The analysis in this book draws on Renate Lachmann theory of intertextuality to show how novels that blur boundaries without standing in for history are prone to intervene in cultural memory. A brief overview of Aboriginal politics between the 1920s and the 1990s in relation to several novels provides historical and political background to the links between, and problems associated with, cultural memory, testimony, trauma, and Stolen Generations narratives, which are discussed in relation to Sally Morgan My Place and Doris Pilkington Rabbit-Proof Fence. There follows an analysis of novels that respond to the history of contact between Aboriginal and settler Australians, including Kate Grenville historical novels The Secret River, The Lieutenant, and Sarah Thornhill as examples of a traditional approach. David Malouf Remembering Babylon charts how language and naming defined our early national narrative that excluded Aboriginal people. Intertextuality is explored via the relation between Thea Astley The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow, Chloe Hooper The Tall Man, and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Kim Scott Benang: from the heart and That Deadman Dance and Alexis Wright Carpentaria reflect a number of Lachmann concepts, syncretism, dialogism, polyphony, Menippean satire, and the carnivalesque.' (Publication summary)


  • Table of Contents


    Memory and Literature

    Literary Forms and Cultural Memory

    Australian Politics and Literature

    Memory, Testimony, and Trauma

    Stolen-Generations Literature: —My Place and Rabbit-Proof Fence

    Historical Fiction: —The Secret River, The Lieutenant, and Sarah Thornhill

    Naming and Memory Places: —Remembering Babylon

    Intertextuality: —The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow and The Tall Man

    Menippean Satire and Polyphony: —Benang: from the heart and That Deadman Dance

    Carnivalesque: —Carpentaria


    Works Cited


Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Leiden,
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Brill ,
      2015 .
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      Extent: xiii, 225 pp.
      • Published October 22, 2015
      ISBN: 9789004304062, 9789004304086
      Series: y separately published work icon Cross/Cultures Cross/cultures : Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English Geoffrey V. Davis (editor), Hena Maes-Jelinek (editor), Gordon Collier (editor), Rodopi (publisher), Amsterdam New York (City) : Rodopi , Z1219090 series - publisher Number in series: 184
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