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Tremblings in the distinction between fiction and testimony

Show simple item record Murray, Jessica 2012-01-25T11:16:04Z 2012-01-25T11:16:04Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Murray, J. 2008, 'Tremblings in the distinction between fiction and testimony' in Postcolonial Text vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 1-19. en
dc.identifier.issn 1705-9100
dc.description.abstract Fiction as a genre not only tends to be disregarded as testimony, fiction and testimony are often seen as mutually exclusive. By using a Derridean model of testimony, I aim to break down the division between fiction and testimony and to show that literary fiction can make a valuable contribution to the testimonial engagement with past traumas. Over the course of this article it will emerge that trauma plays a central role in breaking down the distinction between fiction and testimony. I will demonstrate how Derrida's theory can be applied to key scenes from Yvonne Vera's novel Under the Tongue, thus enabling one to read this fictional work as a testimony to Zimbabwe's violent past and present. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Open Humanties Press en
dc.subject Fiction en
dc.subject Testimony
dc.subject Derrida
dc.subject Yvonne Vera
dc.subject Zimbabwe
dc.subject Violence
dc.subject Under the Tongue
dc.title Tremblings in the distinction between fiction and testimony en
dc.type Article en

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