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Contemporary Australian and Canadian Literature and Film beyond the Victim Paradigm
318 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-172-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-173-8 eBook Not Yet Published
“Carnivalizing Reconciliation is an ambitious, detailed book with a compelling underlying theoretical premise: namely that reconciliation, thought through the Bakhtinian notion of carnival, is laid bare in all its pitfalls and promise.” • Michael Griffiths, University of Wollongong
Criminal justice inquiries may be the most historically dramatic means for coming to terms with traumatic legacies, but it is in the more subtle social and cultural processes of “memory work” that most individuals encounter historical reconciliation in practice. This book analyzes, within the realms of national literature and film, recent Australian and Canadian attempts to reconcile with Indigenous populations in the wake of forced child removal. As Hanna Teichler demonstrates, their systematic emphasis on the subjectivity of the victim is “carnivalesque,” temporarily overturning discursive hierarchies. Such fictions of reconciliation venture beyond simplistic narratives and identities defined by victimization, offering new opportunities for confronting painful histories.
Hanna Teichler is a research associate in the department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe University, Frankfurt. With Rebekah Vince, she is co-editor of Brill’s Mobilizing Memories series and their Handbook Series in Memory Studies. She is also a member of the Memory Studies Association Executive Committee and Astrid Erll’s Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform.