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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Some Reflections on Myth, History and Memory As Determinants of Narrative
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'Against a background of theoretical reflections on myth, history and memory this paper will discuss their use as narrative strategies in texts from Australia and New Zealand. Scholars differ as to the meaning of myth whether it is formed by "contradictory narratives, which become involved in one another like threads of a tapestry, too intertwined to summarize adequately, and endless" as Bidermann and Scharfstein suggest (1993, 9); "a system of communication" (Barthes 1972); or the expression of "man's understanding of himself in the world in which he lives." (Bultman 1993). I shall argue that in Malouf`s Remembering Babylon the myth of Aborigine life is central to an understanding of Gemmy, and memory gives a false almost mythical picture of life in the old country, a situation found in many postcolonial texts from settler countries. That myth is not "which raises some interesting questions about the use of myth.' Source: Anne Holden Rønning.


  • Two works The Book of Ester (1982) and Frederique (1987) by New Zealand author, Yvonne Du Fresne are also mentioned. These are outside the scope of AustLit.

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    y separately published work icon Coolabah Perspectives: Myth, History and Memory no. 3 2009 Z1810124 2009 periodical issue 2009 pg. 143-151
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