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See detail“A Heart to Speak of ”: Authorial Sacrifice in Janet Frame’s “Jan Godfrey” and Other Texts
Gabrielle, Cindy ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2012), 34(2),

This essay examines Janet Frame’s “Jan Godfrey” with a view to demonstrating that its author-figure writes a story that is not a story as long as she hesitates to grant her (re-) created Other full access ... [more ▼]

This essay examines Janet Frame’s “Jan Godfrey” with a view to demonstrating that its author-figure writes a story that is not a story as long as she hesitates to grant her (re-) created Other full access to the speaking position she occupies. The idea explored in “Jan Godfrey,” that non-stories of avoidance are in fact narratives of ontological decimation will, then, be shown to tie in with Frame’s belief that true art occurs at the edge of non-being. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Fences of Being: Threatened Childhood and Authentic Adulthood in Janet Frame’s “Prizes” and “Royal Icing”
Gabrielle, Cindy ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2011), 33(2), 110-123

This essay sets out to examine “Prizes” and “Royal Icing” by Janet Frame with a view to reconciling the Edenic chora formed by children with the state of selflessness that critics often define as a post ... [more ▼]

This essay sets out to examine “Prizes” and “Royal Icing” by Janet Frame with a view to reconciling the Edenic chora formed by children with the state of selflessness that critics often define as a post-mortem flux. We shall see, in the end, that Frame’s utopian condition of shared being is not to be located exclusively in ‘that’ world beyond disintegration, for it belongs to ‘this’ world of the living also. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Literal and the Metaphoric: Paradoxes of Figuration in the Work of Janet Frame
Delrez, Marc ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2011), 33.2(Spring 2011), 10-20

This essay attempts to address Janet Frame’s fondness for strategies of literal expression, a formal aspect of her work often pinpointed by the critics but never examined systematically, perhaps because ... [more ▼]

This essay attempts to address Janet Frame’s fondness for strategies of literal expression, a formal aspect of her work often pinpointed by the critics but never examined systematically, perhaps because it displays a mercurial quality, inseparable from the author’s wit, which resists easy classification. What can be established at any rate is that Frame’s leaning towards literality cannot be dissociated from her interest in metaphor – rather as if the literal, by virtue of constituting the ground zero of metaphor, implicitly pointed to further layers of meaning subliminally encoded in her texts. Thus it is argued that the literal in Frame tends to gesture towards its equivalent in metaphor, and vice versa, in a way which can be correlated with her thematic preoccupation with another shift of levels, occurring whenever she stages a creative personality keen to transform the ontological given provided by the real in terms of intuited correspondences in a more visionary dimension. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of Dear Charles, Dear Janet: Frame and Brasch in Correspondence
Delrez, Marc ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2011), 33.2(Spring 2011), 151-153

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See detailThe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri: The Accident of Inheritance
Munos, Delphine ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2008), 30(Spring), 106-117

In The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri narrates the tortuous route from childhood to early adulthood of Gogol Ganguli, a U.S.-born descendant of Indian immigrants whose name bears the stigmas of a Bengali ... [more ▼]

In The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri narrates the tortuous route from childhood to early adulthood of Gogol Ganguli, a U.S.-born descendant of Indian immigrants whose name bears the stigmas of a Bengali practice of nomenclature curtailed by American law. While Gogol’s fixation on his mismatched name reveals his desperate quest for origin, it also signals his struggle to cope with his broken genealogy and his rerouted filiation. Through Gogol’s predicament, Lahiri indeed points to the paradoxes of identity construction for those among second-generation “desis” who have confused filial and affiliative bonds with their present and their ancestry. In this essay, I will particularly draw on the critical concept of the relation between filiation and affiliation developed by Edward Said in his article “Secular Criticism” so as to demonstrate how affiliation can surreptitiously sustain the quest for a sense of “total” identity through cultural exclusivism. By approaching The Namesake along the general axis of filiation and affiliation, I wish to show how Lahiri uses Gogol’s derailed af/filiations to investigate the stock theme of cultural hybridity while proposing a new understanding of the circuitous logic of inheritance and the obliqueness of identity. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of David Ellis's Writing Home: Black Writing in Britain Since the War
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2008), 30(2), 120-121

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See detail"'Nigeria is Bus is Stage': The Bus as Metaphor in Contemporary Nigerian Fiction"
Tunca, Daria ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2008), 30(2), 35-48

This essay takes as its central argument that the bus can be viewed as a metaphor for the nation in Ben Okri’s "Stars of the New Curfew" and Karen King-Aribisala’s Kicking Tongues. The article unveils the ... [more ▼]

This essay takes as its central argument that the bus can be viewed as a metaphor for the nation in Ben Okri’s "Stars of the New Curfew" and Karen King-Aribisala’s Kicking Tongues. The article unveils the numerous lexical and narrative correspondences between the realms of politics and public transport contained in the texts, and highlights how these associations interact with references to the stage to produce different, yet equally powerful, comments on contemporary Nigerian society. [less ▲]

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See detailFamily and Identity in Caryl Phillips' Fiction, in Particular A Distant Shore
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2007), 29(2), 67-73

Family relationships are central to the way Caribbean writers define their identities. This is particularly the case of Caryl Phillips. Most of his fiction presents the family as a site of disruption, but ... [more ▼]

Family relationships are central to the way Caribbean writers define their identities. This is particularly the case of Caryl Phillips. Most of his fiction presents the family as a site of disruption, but also includes examples of surrogate parenthood, which reflect the complexity of the writer's identity conundrum. The discussion focuses on Phillips's 2003 novel A Distant Shore. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of Tomi Adeaga's Translating and Publishing African Language(s) and Literature(s): Examples from Nigeria, Ghana and Germany
Tunca, Daria ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2007), 31(1), 119-121

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See detailFrom a New-World Poetics to a New-World Vision: African America in the Works of Edouard Glissant and Caryl Phillips
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (1999), 21(2), 29-36

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See detailThe Unbearable Burden of Being: Janet Frame's "Snowman, Snowman"
Delrez, Marc ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (1994), 17(1), 89-99

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See detailPilgrimage out of Dispossession
Pagnoulle, Christine ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (1994), 17(1), 100-106

Goodison's poems testify to her proud self-assertion, both as woman and as a descendant of African slaves.

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See detailL'Afrique du Sud hier et aujourd'hui: le contexte socioculturel
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (1990), SP2

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See detail"Boundaries and Beyond": Memory as Quest in Janet Frame's The Carpathians
Delrez, Marc ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (1990), 13(1), 95-105

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