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The Canon Rewritten - "Jack Maggs" as a rewrite of "Great Expectations"
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Characteristics & concerns of post-colonial literature I
Father-son relationship Magwitch/Pip and Maggs/Phipps
Magwitch & Maggs both make a fortune in Australia
Pip's/Phipp's inheritance as a result of Magwitch's/Magg's benevolence
Magwitch & Maggs both want to return to Great Britain for good
Dickens's Abel Magwitch "rewritten" as Carey's Jack Maggs
Dickens's Pip "rewritten" as Carey's Henry Phipps
Habit of creating eccentric & odd characters like Miss Havisham (GE) or Mercy (JM)
Characteristics & concerns of post-colonial literature II
Giving a voice to the "marginalized" & the "oppressed"
Writing from the perspective of the "marginalized"
Rectifying inaccuracies colonizers spread (regarding historical events, culture, places, practices etc.)
Restoring status of indigenous culture
Displaying development & change of English (adoption & alteration of colonizers' language)
(cf. Ashcroft et al. 2012)
1. What advantages or disadvantages do you see in rewriting fiction?
2. Are there any works of literature (classical or contemporary) that you would like to rewrite? Why?
"One simple answer is that [post-colonial writing] has arisen out of experiences
which result from contact with the British empire. In this sense, post-colonial
literature is writing which reflects, in a great variety of ways, the effects of
colonialism" (O'Reilly 2001: 6).
Tobias Oates based on Charles Dickens
Dickens, original author/inventor, incorporated as a character in the rewriting of his own novel
Like a story about the creation of
"From rags to riches"
Career as journalist
Other than that...
Told from Pip's perspective
Focuses on Pip's life story
Told from Magg's perspective
Begins with the return of the convict
Seminar: Literature from Down Under
Speaker: Vanessa Schmidt
Concerns & characteristics of post-colonial literature
JM & GE compared - Characters
JM & GE compared - Plot
Advantages & disadvantages of rewriting fiction
Ashcroft, Bill et al.
The Empire Writes Back.
New York: Routledge, 1989.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Dickens' biography, found under http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/dickens_charles.shtml [Date of access: 11.01.2015]