Space and Place in Revisionist Narratives: Georg Johannesen's Kassandra and Christa Wolf's Kassandra

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Title: Space and Place in Revisionist Narratives: Georg Johannesen's Kassandra and Christa Wolf's Kassandra
Author: Bronte, Patricia Kathleen, 1984-
Abstract: The revisionist narrative is a sub-genre of postmodernist literature, in which established narratives are re-written from a perspective for which they did not account. This term goes beyond "historiographic metafiction" to include fictional narratives, because both historical and fictional narratives can illustrate many possible representations for the event in question. The treatment of space and place are central points at which revisionist narratives expose dominant power systems during the author's own era and offer new possibilities of reality to the readers. Georg Johannesen's play Kassandra and Christa Wolf's novel Kassandra change the perspective of landscape in Homer's The Iliad to reveal underlying power structures and to emphasize the rejection of absolute truths; these power structures in ancient Troy then point to parallel power structures in the contemporary societies of the authors. In this manner, landscape within revisionist narratives is essential for exposing the malleability of perspective in history and fiction.
Description: ix, 60 p. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/9854
Date: 2009-06


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