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The Performance of ‘Sorry Politics’ in Literature and (Multi)Media

Sorry isn’t enough: The performance of ‘Sorry Politics’ in literature and (multi)media and the effort to reconcile indigenous and non-indigenous groups in Australia and Canada

This dissertation project would like to examine various forms of literary and medial staging of the ‘Sorry Politics’ and the endeavor of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous population in Canada and Australia. Furthermore, it seeks to explore the consequences and influences that this multi-media processing might have on the (re)construction of collective identity with regard to the legacies of the “Stolen Generations” and the “Residential School” system. Which roles do memory and remembrance play in this context? Which influence do the media (TV-broadcasting and news, movies, digital media and internet blogs) have on this debate? How does contemporary literature of indigenous and non-indigenous writers participate in this process? Which differences and/or mutualities are traceable for the Australian and Canadian context in this regard? And which general conclusions might be drawn from the analysis of the connection between past and present, the construction of identity, memory and reconciliation in postcolonial societies, since the United Nations have declared ‘Reconciliation’ to be a major challenge to the world in the third millennium? These questions would be discussed with the support of acknowledged theories of research provenience, deriving from the fields of media, literature and culture studies, which are to be intersected and applied to the specific contexts in Australia and Canada. This discussion will be based on a comprehensive analysis of a selected corpus of (primary) literature and movies.