A Deceptive Initiation: An Ecological Paradigm in Howard O’Hagan’s

Sergiy Yakovenko (Università MacEwan)

Abstract

Il romanzo Tay John di Howard O’Hagan è stato ampiamente dibattuto come un lavoro modernista di decostruzione, che mina alle basi i concetti consolidati di mitologia, narrativa e genere, così come sono normalmente intesi. Nel presente saggio, analizzo uno degli aspetti del dramma mitologico del romanzo precedentemente trascurati – lo scontro tra le epistemai ecologiche pre-moderne e moderne, che rivela un evento precursore dell’ingresso nella modernità. Io sostengo che l’ironia drammatica di un mito indigeno ricodificato presenti gli Shuswaps aborigeni alla percezione colonialista dell’ambiente, rendendoli ingannevolmente ostaggi delle loro stesse convinzioni e, così, modificandone drasticamente il continuum spazio-temporale.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-74

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