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Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--McMaster University.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-227) and index.
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.
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.
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