On secrets, lies, and fiction : girls learning the art of survival

Mallan, Kerry M. (2015) On secrets, lies, and fiction : girls learning the art of survival. In Bradford, Clare & Reimer, Mavis (Eds.) Girls, Texts, Cultures. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Ontario, Ottawa.

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This chapter’s interest in fiction’s relationship to truth, lies, and secrecy is not so much a matter of how closely fiction resembles or mirrors the world (its mimetic quality), or what we can learn from fiction (its epistemological value). Rather, the concern is both literary and philosophical: a literary concern that takes into account how texts that thematise secrecy work to withhold and to disclose their secrets as part of the process of narrating and sequencing; and a philosophical concern that considers how survival is contingent on secrets and other forms of concealment such as lies, deception, and half-truths. The texts selected for examination are: Secrets (2002), Skim (2008), and Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (2003). These texts draw attention to the ways in which the lies and secrets of the female protagonists are part of the intricate mechanism of survival, and demonstrate the ways in which fiction relies upon concealment and revelation as forms of truth-telling.

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ID Code: 49915
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Girls, Fiction, survival, lies
ISBN: 9781771120203
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Gender Sexuality and Education (130308)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2012 02:49
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2015 01:36

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