The rebels shout back : subaltern theory and the writing of 'A Christmas Game'

Hayden, Cheryl Joy (2008) The rebels shout back : subaltern theory and the writing of 'A Christmas Game'. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.

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Abstract

The cultures and stories of peripheral populations and conquered peoples, which have largely been drowned out by the accepted discourse of the nation states that colonised them, have begun to be recouped and re-told.The subaltern school of post-colonial theory provides the writer of fiction with a range of theories from which to devise the means of voicing the unvoiced. Among these, Ranajit Guha’s work on the prose of counter-insurgency provides the author with the key to finding lost voices, in particular those of the vanquished peasant rebel.

“A Christmas Game” is a fictional account of the 1549 Prayer Book Rebellion, in which the commons of Cornwall and Devon rebelled against the abolition of the mass and the introduction of the English language prayer book. By analysing the language and detail contained in the substantial historical record, identifying that which is missing, and examining sources that detail the religious, cultural and “folk” elements of daily life, it is possible to see this event and re-tell it through the eyes of those characters whose stories have never been told and thereby create a new place from which to further debate and research.

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ID Code: 19211
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Carson, Susan & Thomas, Glen
Keywords: subaltern theory
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2009 00:10
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:52

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