Alexis Wright: Celebrating Storytelling and Interconnectedness. Introduction

Brun, Marilyne, and Castro-Koshy, Estelle (2022) Alexis Wright: Celebrating Storytelling and Interconnectedness. Introduction. Commonwealth Essays and Studies, 44 (2).

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The inclusion of Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria (2006) in the core syllabus (tronc commun) of the 2022 Agrégation competitive exam – for both the “internal” and “external” examination1 – is a cause for celebration. Before the inclusion of Carpentaria, Australian literature had featured only once in the national syllabus, in the literary option, with Patrick White’s Voss (1957) in 1977 – 45 years ago – and writing that is not from the UK, Ireland, or the United States usually featured in the optional literary strand of the syllabus. The addition of a second work of Australian literature, but more importantly the inclusion, for the very first time in the history of the Agrégation, of a work of Aboriginal literature in the core syllabus of the competitive exam, has been the source of great joy amongst students in France and academics working in France and other countries. What an honour to be given this opportunity to focus intensely on Carpentaria and Aboriginal literature.

Item ID: 78827
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2270-0633
Keywords: Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, narrative creativity, Indigenous epistemologies, storytelling, interconnectedness, novel, First Nations literature
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Date Deposited: 31 May 2023 23:06
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450109 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature, journalism and professional writing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 50%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210499 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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