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Title: Fragmentation and Mutability in M.G. Vassanji's The Book of Secrets
Authors: LOW YI QING
Keywords: Vassanji, Post-Colonial, History, Fiction, Silence
Issue Date: 20-Jan-2012
Source: LOW YI QING (2012-01-20). Fragmentation and Mutability in M.G. Vassanji's The Book of Secrets. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: My thesis will look at how The Book of Secrets shows that there is nothing neutral in the manner through which meaning is assembled, particularly as regards world history, which has installed within the present a knowledge of the world?s historical past as emanating from Europe. By focussing on the silences in history, the text insists on the irreducibility of experience, which cannot be ccontained within an objective knowledge of the world as advanced by Enlightenment notions of a universal scientific empiricism. Vassanji?s novel highlights how a universal perspective is only made possible through the excision of other ways of knowing the world, and it accomplishes this through themes of fragmentation and flux. By signalling the existence of what lies beyond the paradigm of universal humanism, of meaning which does not need to be foreclosed, the novel compels a ceaseless questioning of the present, allowing for other ways of being.
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