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Type: Journal article
Title: Arrested motion and future-mourning: Hybridity and creativity
Author: Castro, B.
Citation: Cultures in Transit, 2009; 4:83-99
Publisher: Southerly
Publisher Place: C/O English Assoc Univ Sydney Dept English Sydney Australia NSW 2006
Issue Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781921556012
ISSN: 2105-2549
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences Office
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Brian Castro
Abstract: Melancholy seems always to have had a bad press. In this essay I explore the ways in which the expression of negativity, ambivalence and dissonance in melancholy influenced and shaped my writing. Much of this melancholia stemmed from transplantation and dissonance and from the need to make oneself heard in a host country whose blindness to alterity ran parallel to an identitarian politics framed by exclusion. When a nation is unable to mourn its history, writers tend to be paralysed, being unable to detach themselves from a nation-building canon. I investigate melancholia as a productive agentin employing critique to produce counter-traditions and to offer resistance to dominant ideologies. I focus on writing in order to explore distinctive moments when melancholia, expressed in forms ranging from dissimulation to irony, played a decisive role in my writing career.
Keywords: hybridity
Description: This is a lecture delivered at Liverpool Hope University at the 'Cultures in Transit' Conference held in July 2008.
Rights: Copyright © Tous droits réservés
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