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Fiction and the Incompleteness of History: Toni Morrison, V. S. Naipaul, and Ben Okri (Electronic book text)
Fiction and the Incompleteness of History: Toni Morrison, V. S. Naipaul, and Ben Okri (Electronic book text): Zhu Ying
Fiction and the Incompleteness of History: Toni Morrison, V. S. Naipaul, and Ben Okri (Electronic book text): Zhu Ying

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Zhu Ying

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With reference to Paul Ricoeurs conception of the interconnectedness of history and fiction, this comparative literary study examines narrative strategies that three contemporary writers of fiction - Toni Morrison, V. S. Naipaul, and Ben Okri - have devised to counteract the incompleteness of historical representation. In her novel "Beloved" Morrison redefines the slave-narrative tradition and reveals an alternative history of slavery by unveiling the interior lives of her characters. Through a hybrid prose that mixes fiction with history in the novels "The Enigma of Arrival" and "A Way in the World," Naipaul illuminates -areas of darkness- in the diasporic world of East Indian Trinidadians and provides new ways of transforming English literary and cultural history. Focusing on West African identity and community, Okri brings a mythic and fantastic dimension to postcolonial fiction as a way of giving a voice to people who are generally without power and almost without any place in a world of inequality and injustice. Probing into historical incompleteness, this study underscores the indispensable role of fiction in representing life, rectifying history, and enlarging reality."

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Imprint: Heinemann Publishing
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2011
Authors: Zhu Ying
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 161
ISBN-13: 978-1-299-43061-7
Barcode: 9781299430617
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LSN: 1-299-43061-9

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