Revoking Besieged Memories: Scanning Modes of Memory in Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria

  • Manchusha Madhusudhanan Assistant Professor, Department of English, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, Kerala India

Abstract

The dominant history of Australia has always reflected the beauty and abundance of its aboriginal world,in dim light. An analysis of the literary canon too proves this lack of acknowledgement and understanding, of the native ways of life and identity formations. Carpentaria by Alexis Wright challenges the very notion of history as a single strand of chronologically ordered set of events. When besieged memories are evoked new traces of memory surface shedding new light on the past. It initiates a process rewriting history. Postmodern historiography today accepts the subjectivity and literariness of histories. Only a thin line exists between history and fiction. In a nation’s narrative, memory is a trope that foregrounds the polyphonic voices of the nation. The imaginary town of Desperance in Carpentaria is a microcosm of the Australian society. It is here, truth and appropriations crisscross to create a true picture of the Australian society.


 

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How to Cite
MADHUSUDHANAN, Manchusha. Revoking Besieged Memories: Scanning Modes of Memory in Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 6, p. 67-76, june 2020. ISSN 2582-3574. Available at: <https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/10631>. Date accessed: 07 july 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i6.10631.