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Ilha do Desterro: A Journal of English Language, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies 2008, 54

Autor: Eluned Summers-Bremner

Fuente: http://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=478348692004


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Ilha do Desterro: A Journal of English Language, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies E-ISSN: 2175-8026 ilhadodesterro@gmail.com Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Brasil Summers-Bremner, Eluned ASHES OF HISTORY: COLUM MCCANN’S ZOLI Ilha do Desterro: A Journal of English Language, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies, núm.
54, enero-junio, 2008, pp.
61-81 Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Florianópolis, Brasil Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=478348692004 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Ashes of History: Colum McCann’s Zoli 61 ASHES OF HISTORY: COLUM MCCANN’S ZOLI Eluned Summers-Bremner University of Auckland, NZ Abstract: My essay reads Colum McCann’s novel Zoli as an elaboration of the ethical work of poetry.
In the novel the Slovakian poet Zoli Novotna, based on the life and work of the Polish Romani balladeer Papusza (Bronislawa Wajs), is irreversibly disowned by her people upon publishing poetry that is used, as is her image, to represent the enaction of Law 74, or the Big Halt, in the 1950s and 1960s.
Disastrously, this process caused Eastern European Gypsies to lose their sense of belonging and livelihood through the confiscation of caravans, their being forced into apartment blocks in towns, and consequent opposition to traditional Gypsy skills, most of which were lost.
McCann’s novel extends Papusza’s story beyond her exclusion from her people, having Zoli bear performative witness to the mistaken work her poetry once did.
In walking roads from which Roma have been banished, and in taking on the bare remains of her lost identity, a mishmash of gadzi perceptions, Zoli makes the nothingness for which she stands into the means of travel and future ho...





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