Abstract

This essay compares Morrison's Paradise and Wicomb's David's Story to explore corresponding machinations of memory operating in both novels' featured communities of resistance. Tracing the ways in which women and memory figure as potential threats to stabilized order and established truth, this essay argues that the management of collective memory peculiarly resembles the containment of women in racialized societies, the United States and South Africa. This observation about what is called "loose memory" alerts us to the dangers of foundationalist regimes of Truth and Reality. It also points to alternative, "loosening" narrative strategies that Morrison's and Wicomb's novels model.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-658X
Print ISSN
0026-7724
Pages
pp. 297-320
Launched on MUSE
2006-07-20
Open Access
No
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