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1 y separately published work icon Cultural Memory and Literature : Re-imagining Australia's Past Diane Molloy , Leiden : Brill , 2015 11024641 2015 multi chapter work criticism

'Cultural memory involves a community shared memories, the selection of which is based on current political and social needs. A past that is significant to a national group is re-imagined by generating new meanings that replace earlier certainties and fixed symbols or myths. This creates literary syncretisms with moments of undecidability. The analysis in this book draws on Renate Lachmann theory of intertextuality to show how novels that blur boundaries without standing in for history are prone to intervene in cultural memory. A brief overview of Aboriginal politics between the 1920s and the 1990s in relation to several novels provides historical and political background to the links between, and problems associated with, cultural memory, testimony, trauma, and Stolen Generations narratives, which are discussed in relation to Sally Morgan My Place and Doris Pilkington Rabbit-Proof Fence. There follows an analysis of novels that respond to the history of contact between Aboriginal and settler Australians, including Kate Grenville historical novels The Secret River, The Lieutenant, and Sarah Thornhill as examples of a traditional approach. David Malouf Remembering Babylon charts how language and naming defined our early national narrative that excluded Aboriginal people. Intertextuality is explored via the relation between Thea Astley The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow, Chloe Hooper The Tall Man, and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Kim Scott Benang: from the heart and That Deadman Dance and Alexis Wright Carpentaria reflect a number of Lachmann concepts, syncretism, dialogism, polyphony, Menippean satire, and the carnivalesque.' (Publication summary)

1 Review : Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 Diane Molloy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , September vol. 38 no. 3 2014; (p. 367-369)

— Review of Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013 anthology biography criticism
1 Historical Patterns in the Multiple Effects of Rainshadow and The Tall Man Diane Molloy , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 28 no. 3 2013; (p. 84-94)

Diana Molloy analyses Thea Astley's The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow (1997) and The Tall Man (2008) by Chloe Hooper. Both texts are about Palm Island and its inhabitants.

1 Finding Hope in the Stories : Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria and the Carnivalesque Search for a New Order Diane Molloy , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 3 2012;
'Alexis Wright's Carpentaria is the story of the Phantom family, members of the Pricklebush people, who live in the fictional town of Desperance in the Gulf country of north-western Queensland. It is a long and sprawling carnivalesque novel that offers a cautiously positive outlook for Aboriginal people that also recognises the difficulties of contemporary Aboriginal experience. Carpentaria is not an historical novel in the sense of retelling an historical event; however, the past pervades the narrative as it grapples with the many ways that the past is recorded. It challenges mainstream or dominant representations of Aboriginal people in historiography, language, literature, and politics, to propose new ways of thinking. It suggest that it is the people who are responsible for passing on the essential stories of history and culture to their families as lived history, not the official history held in archives and managed by institutions. The novel's fluid time and ambivalence presents history and historic change outside the usual historical and literary framework. By bringing together myth, history, memory and imagination, by combining humour and seriousness, Dreamtime and Christianity, ambivalence and certainty, and politics and art the novel seeks to switch to a different sense of unity and harmony. But there is a deep sense of ambivalence towards the possibility of a future where good and evil, and black and white are no longer clearly defined and the old rules no longer apply.' (Author's abstract)
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