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Narrating silences : silence, voice and history in the prose of Dionne Brand, M. Nourbese Philip, and Joy Kogawa

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Narrating silences : silence, voice and history in the prose of Dionne Brand, M. Nourbese Philip, and Joy Kogawa

Goodwin, Kara (2000) Narrating silences : silence, voice and history in the prose of Dionne Brand, M. Nourbese Philip, and Joy Kogawa. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Joy Kogawa's Obasan , M. Nourbese Philip's Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence and Dionne Brand's Sans Souci and Other Stories are compared to examine how these fictions explicate the relationship between silence, voice, and language through their revisions of history. Language is problematic to these writers because it is ideologically charged with their non-belonging on the basis of their race and gender. Contradictions in language divide concepts such as silence/voice and past/present and privilege certain ideas over others. The texts studied undertake to resolve their issues with language as part of the process of coming into voice. In various degrees, these texts acknowledge and revalue silence as a defense against a totalizing history and as a means of explicating the condition of language. In addition, the thesis compares how the revisionary projects that these fictions undertake map back to the material reality of the Canadian nation within which they were created.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Goodwin, Kara
Pagination:v, 147 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:English
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Groening, Laura
ID Code:1271
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:18
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:19
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