Powerlines 1.1 | 2002
The Recovery of Native American History in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead.
The attempt by some Native American authors to depict oral tradition through written media such as novels and poems has been regarded by some purists as a betrayal and contradiction. They regard such attempts as simply one more co-option of native culture by dominant Western culture. Leslie Marmon Silko is one Native American author who has had to face such criticism... Full Article >
Evoking the Kuxa Kenema:
Reconstructing History and Memory through Cinema Novo in Mozambican Cinema
La Shonda Naté-Long
The issue of managing proper representation of the "Other" remains at the forefront of postcolonial discourse and criticism. One finds evidence of a need for reconstructing history and collective memory, in the hopes of cultivating a national identity/consciousness, by looking at the acknowledgement given to Afro-Lusophone culture in the Cinema Novo movement in Brazil and the creation of the Instituto Nacional de Cinema (INC) in Mozambique in 1975... Full Article >
Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies and In the Name of
Marta Vizcaya Echano
This paper studies the importance of remembering and writing in In the Time of the Butterflies and In the Name of Salomé (2000), two novels by the Dominican-American poet and novelist Julia Álvarez. The novels focus particularly on the dilemmas experienced by the victims and witnesses of violent events and the writers researching such events within a socio-literary context of postmodern disbelief... Full Article >
Critical Philosophy of History?
Could a philosophy of history be contrived today without attracting the suspicious eye of the modern reader who is familiar with the hesitation of a political philosopher like Hannah Arendt toward any theoretical systematization of history? If, indeed, philosophical speculation on the meaning of history has drawn a line (however sinuous) from metaphysics to modern totalitarianism... Full Article >
Memories, and Monuments:
Reaching an apex of importance in the 20th century, issues of territory, geography, and memory, or as Edward Said has recently called it, "a study of human space," has become the crucial factor in creating a modern national consciousness (Said 175). I aim to lay out how conceptions of history and memory in Europe were reaching a peak of importance, and how these ideologies were interpreted and manifested into Colombian society... Full Article >
as a Space for Political Discourse:
For most of us memories are moments frozen in time. We believe that every time we look at a photograph we will see the same silly birthday face, the same exciting college graduation, the same funeral tears. But in "Autobiography, Identity, and the Fictions of Memory" Paul John Eakin argues that our memories are subject to constant revision... Full Article >