Thomas Bonnici


Modern novel writers are employing more and more historical events in fiction writing. This is especially true in the case of Black British and Australian literatures and this fact has provoked discussion and tensions on the feasibility of coping with these two highly problematic modes of narration. Flanagan’s recent novel Wanting shows how the horrors of cultural annihilation and resistance represented in fiction by parody, irony, humor and puns give more highlighted effects on the tragedy of colonized peoples than the strict laws of historical narration.

Os romancistas contemporâneos estão recorrendo cada vez mais aos eventos históricos em sua ficção. Este fato se materializa na literatura negra britânica e australiana e tem causado discussões e tensões sobre como tratar esses dois modos de narração altamente problemáticos. O romance Wanting, do autor australiano Richard Flanagan, mostra como os horrores da aniquilação cultural e a resistência, representados na ficção pela paródia, ironia, humor e jogo de palavras, transmitem mais a realidade ao leitor sobre a tragédia de povos colonizados do que através das leis científicas da narração histórica.


Australian Literature; History; narrative; culture; Literatura australiana; História; narrativa; cultura

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