Reference : The Paradoxes of Grace: New Impingements on Australian Literary Territory
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/123215
The Paradoxes of Grace: New Impingements on Australian Literary Territory
English
Delrez, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des langues et littératures modernes > Littérature anglaise moderne et littérature américaine >]
24-Sep-2009
Yes
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International
10th EASA Biennial Conference: 'Dis/Solutions of the Past in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific
22-25 September 2009
University of the Balearic Islands
Palma de Mallorca
Spain
[en] Robert Drewe ; Australian literature ; Grace
[en] The title of Robert Drewe’s latest novel, Grace (2005), shares with J. M. Coetzee’s antonymous Disgrace (1999) a polysemous quality which derives from both works’ attempt to capture the ethical stance of a society in a way which has personal and political ramifications at the same time. The Australian text shows some concern with the predicament of a boatload of asylum seekers from Indonesia, who later escape from their detention centre in the Kimberleys; but Drewe’s progressive denunciation of Australia’s treatment of refugees is potentially compromised by the Australian anxiety over territorial integrity which provides an unshakeable context for this kind of thematic development. More generally, my paper will explore the ambiguities attending a discursive move which seeks to absorb race into larger categories of political meaning, and the related difficulty of achieving the ‘grace’ of complete freedom from colonialist parameters in an Australian culture where some suspense over territory continues to brood.
CEREP (Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherches en Etudes postcoloniales)
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/123215

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