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Reclamation of History: Discerning Polyvocal and Decentering Voices in Half of a Yellow Sun


Sarfraz, N and Kousar, R and Qasim, K, Reclamation of History: Discerning Polyvocal and Decentering Voices in Half of a Yellow Sun, Language in India, 16, (3) pp. 1-34. ISSN 1930-2940 (2016) [Non Refereed Article]

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This study focuses on the reclamation of history in Half of a Yellow Sun by Adichie. Literary techniques which are used to depict Polyvocality and decentering of voices in this work are focalization, dialogism and Hetroglossia. Post colonialism shows its disapproval for Eurocentric mode of historiography. It finds traditional historiography as inadequate medium of capturing and representing the bruised memories of human beings tired and perplexed in real situations. They endeavor to write their history in their own language. This mode of narration gives way to multiple perspective of history. It finds Polyvocality adequate tool to recapture the past. Adichie also retrieves the history of Africa through Polyvocality. This study provides a new insight to the readers to visualize postcolonial literature in a new perspective.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:Polyvocality, Dialogism, Hetroglossia, Historiography, Post-colonialism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literary studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Kousar, R (Miss Rehana Kousar)
ID Code:116069
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-05-01
Last Modified:2017-05-01

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