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Monuments, unreal spaces and national forgetting: Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant and the abyss of memory.

Teo, Y., 2022. Monuments, unreal spaces and national forgetting: Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant and the abyss of memory. Textual Practice. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2022.2056757

Abstract

At the announcement of Ishiguro’s 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature award, his writing was described as having ‘uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world’. Uncovering this abyss entails a confrontation between characters, communities, and the complex relationship with their pasts. Ishiguro’s decision to engage with memory on a national scale sees a renewed focus on the theme of forgetting in his oeuvre, and a critical exploration of the multiple layers of collective memory. Ishiguro’s text urges the reader to consider the ethical complexities of memorialisation and enforced amnesty. This essay establishes The Buried Giant as a key development within Ishiguro’s long-standing memory work, signalling a more considered engagement with themes of shared memory and national identity, as well as the politics of memorialisation, confirming the novel’s significance as a focal point on discussions of collective and individual memory within contemporary literature.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0950-236X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ishiguro ; buried giant ; memory ; space ; genocide ; memorial
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:36476
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:11 Jan 2022 15:07
Last Modified:18 May 2022 10:38

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