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Author McGonegal, Julie, 1976-
Title Imagining justice : the politics of postcolonial forgiveness and reconciliation / Julie McGonegal.
Imprint Montreal ; Ithaca [N.Y.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2009]

Author McGonegal, Julie, 1976-
Subject Commonwealth literature (English) -- History and criticism.
Postcolonialism -- Commonwealth countries.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Forgiveness in literature.
Reconciliation in literature.
Literature and society -- Commonwealth countries -- History -- 20th century.
Literature and society -- Commonwealth countries -- History -- 21st century.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 233 pages)
Note Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--McMaster University.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-227) and index.
Contents Introduction: Writing wrongs : postcolonial literature and the (im)possibility of forgiveness and reconciliation -- Horizons of justice : notes toward a theory of postcolonial forgiveness and reconciliation -- Unsettling the settler postcolony : uncanny pre-occupations in David Malouf's Remembering babylon -- Vigils amid violence : mourning the dead and the disappeared in Michael Ondaatje's Anil's ghost -- The future of racial memory : redressing the past in Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Itsuka -- The agonistics of absolution : responsibility and the right of grace in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace.
Summary Discourses of forgiveness and reconciliation have emerged as powerful scripts for interracial negotiations in states struggling with the legacies of colonialism. While such discourses can obscure or even perpetuate existing power relations, they can also encourage remembrance, reformulate notions of justice, and ultimately bring about social transformation.
ISBN 9780773576322 (electronic bk.)
0773576320 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 741350276

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