LANGUAGE IN INDIA

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Volume 20:4 April 2020
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Negotiating with Land: Significance of the Journey in the Select Novels of Kate Grenville

Dr. (Mrs.) Veeramankai Stalina Yogaratnam, B.A., M.A., B.Ed., Ph.D.


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Abstract

This paper attempts how human beings negotiate with the land in select novels of Kate Grenville, namely, Joan Makes History and The Secret River. Each of her novels present at different aspects of negotiations with land. The researchers have tried to describe Grenville’s novels in various positions, especially nationalism, colonialism, transnationalism etc. But the novels ultimately fit a post-colonial framework through all the earlier mentioned ideologies are present too. The paper study the various perspectives that surround the broad area of Australian settlements and literature. Of these the most dominating ideology is nationalism which is present in all the novels of Kate Grenville that are being discussed in this paper.

Keywords: Kate Grenville, Negotiation, Land, Journey, Post-Colonial, Colonialism and Transnationalism.

Introduction

Kate Grenville locates her novels in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century before the advent of ideology of stolen generation. Her novels describe the pioneering movements of the European settlers in Australia and New Zealand. These books encouraged the writers to negotiate with indigenous people all over the land. In each of her novels, Grenville makes an attempt to understand the psyche of European settlers and indigenous people.

Postcolonial issues in Australian Literature by Nathanael O’ Reilly presents around thirteen essays that addresses the abundant ways in which Australian literature in postcolonial and can be read using postcolonial reading stratagems. The collection addresses a wide variety of Australian texts produced from postcolonial period to the present. The work focuses on works by Indigenous writers and authors of European plummet, and looks explicitly postcolonial issues including hybridity, first contact, opposition, appropriation, race relations, language uses, indignity, immigration/invasion, land rights and proprietorship, national identity, marginalization, mapping, naming, mimicry, the role of historical narratives, settler guilt and denial, and anxieties with respect to having a place. The paper emphasises the postcolonial nature of Australian texts.


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Dr. (Mrs.) Veeramankai Stalina Yogaratnam, B.A., M.A., B.Ed., Ph.D.
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Department of Linguistics and English, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
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