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Autofiction, Post-conflict Narratives, and New Memory Cultures.

Dix, H., 2022. Autofiction, Post-conflict Narratives, and New Memory Cultures. In: Effe, A. and Lawlor, H., eds. The Autofictional: Approaches, Affordances, Forms. Palgrave Macmillan, 185 - 203.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-78440-9_10


A reaction against the death of the author provided one context in which autofiction started to develop in the 1970s. The rebuttal of the death of the author has been prominent among postcolonial writers, who, because their voices were historically marginalized until the recent past, are unlikely to accept the tacit silencing that theories of the death of the author might imply. Through a discussion of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s depiction of Nigeria’s Biafran War of 1967–1970 in Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Justin Cartwright’s reflection on the massacre of Zulus by Boers in 1838 in Up Against the Night (2015), this chapter shows how they use techniques associated with autofiction to contribute to new forms of memory culture in post-conflict societies.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:978-3-030-78442-3, 978-3-030-78440-9
Series Name:Palgrave Studies in Life Writing
Number of Pages:338
Uncontrolled Keywords:Memory cultures; Post-conflict societies; Reconciliation; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Justin Cartwright
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:36517
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Jan 2022 15:28
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:32


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