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Remembering Babylon

Don Randall

in David Malouf

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780719068324
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719068324.003.0006
Remembering Babylon

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This chapter discusses Marlouf's Remembering Babylon, a novel that serves as the cornerstone of his reputation. It shows that this novel brings into focus the specifically postcolonial aspects of Marlouf's vision and that it provides a significant perspective on the work that comes before it. It determines that the novel's narrative presents Marlouf's view that Australian dismembering and disavowal have been exercised principally upon Aboriginal peoples, and that the novel also immediately sets up a divided presentation of time. This chapter also tries to determine how Remembering Babylon takes its place in the modern world of racial and cultural borders.

Keywords: postcolonial aspects; dismembering; disavowal; Aboriginal peoples; presentation of time; racial borders; cultural borders; Remembering Babylon

Chapter.  7686 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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