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Oceanic Historicities

Ballard, Christopher


"We need a word that includes memory but embraces all the other ways of knowing a past," wrote Greg Dening, in advocating the notion of a "poetic for histories": culturally specific forms of knowledge of the past that embrace "reminiscence, gossip, anecdote, rumour, parable, report, tradition, myth... saga, legend, epic, ballad, folklore, annal, chronicle" (1991, 348-349). To this list we might want to add a range of other performative and sensory modes of engaging-con-sciously or...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: The Contemporary Pacific
DOI: 10.1353/cp.2014.0009


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