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Rewriting the Past in Postmodern Slave Narratives

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Polje Vrijednost
Relacija http://repo.ffos.hr/2072/
Naslov Rewriting the Past in Postmodern Slave Narratives
Autor Režić, Suzana
Opis This paper traces the evolution of the postmodern slave narrative. It pays special attention to the emergence of this genre as a continuation of nineteenth-century slave narratives and a response to pro-slavery writing, which appropriated African American history to encourage prejudice, stereotyping, and cultural misrepresentation. Using William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) as the paradigmatic text, which initiated a critical debate over its authenticity, as well as subsequent intertextual deconstructions of its historical bigotry, the paper juxtaposes Styron's text to two postmodern neo-slave narratives – Sherley Anne Williams' Dessa Rose (1986) and Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred (1979). Highlighting the correlation between the novels' postmodern narrative strategies and their attempt to engage in historical revisionism and convey the authentic reality of the slave experience, it argues that both Williams and Butler successfully de/re-construct and re-write/right the dominant narrative of African American history by depicting a black woman's first-hand experience of the past and inscribing the physical wounds of slavery into the present. Finally, it reviews the cinematic representation of slavery and racial stereotypes through several representative slavery films – D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), Victor Fleming's Gone with the Wind (1939), Haile Gerima's Sankofa (1993), Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012), and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (2013) – and classifies Gerima's and McQueen's films as representatives of a new trend of transferring slave narratives to the big screen.
Datum 2015
Vrsta resursa Ocjenski rad
Format (na primjer PDF) text
Jezik hr
Identifikator http://repo.ffos.hr/2072/1/rezic%20s.pdf
Režić, Suzana (2015) Rewriting the Past in Postmodern Slave Narratives. diplomski rad