Year 2017, Volume , Issue 4, Pages 51 - 61 2019-04-15

Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions
Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions

Şeyma AŞAR [1]


Concepts of collective memory and counter-memory are two significant terms to establish a person’s bond with his/her past and to build his/her identity. This study examines the forces shaping collective memory through a Foucauldian lens and looks into the function of counter-memory as a resistance mechanism against these forces. In doing so, Ursula Le Guin’s dystopian novel City of Illusions is analyzed as an example in terms of the workings of the memory. The novel, whose protagonist is depicted as an alien without memory, displays that the only way to resist against the collective memory which is presented as the absolute truth is possible by maintaining the bond with one’s historical and cultural facts. The counter-memory comes into picture when an individual’s own memory or knowledge contradicts with the indoctrinated knowledge given to him/her by the collective memory. The protagonist of the novel can only resist against the Shing, the dominant group in power, by using his counter-memory when the Shing attempts to destroy any trace of undesired knowledge and thus re-shape collective memory. In this regard, this paper aims to apply Foucault’s counter-memory into this novel and investigate how the memory can be employed as a form of resistance. 

Collective memory, Counter-memory, Means of Resistance, Michel Foucault, Ursula Le Guin
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Primary Language en
Subjects Literature
Journal Section Research Article
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0002-4951-071X
Author: Şeyma AŞAR (Primary Author)
Institution: ERCİYES UNIVERSITY
Country: Turkey


Dates

Publication Date : April 15, 2019

Bibtex @research article { kare532142, journal = {KARE}, issn = {2536-4596}, eissn = {2536-4596}, address = {Erciyes Üniversitesi, Edebiyat Fakültesi, İngiliz Dili ve Edebiyatı Bölümü, 128 Nolu Ofis, 38039, Melikgazi, Kayseri}, publisher = {Hasan BAKTIR}, year = {2019}, volume = {}, pages = {51 - 61}, doi = {}, title = {Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions}, key = {cite}, author = {Aşar, Şeyma} }
APA Aşar, Ş . (2019). Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions . KARE , (4) , 51-61 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/kare/issue/44652/532142
MLA Aşar, Ş . "Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions" . KARE (2019 ): 51-61 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/kare/issue/44652/532142>
Chicago Aşar, Ş . "Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions". KARE (2019 ): 51-61
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ISNAD Aşar, Şeyma . "Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions". KARE / 4 (April 2019): 51-61 .
AMA Aşar Ş . Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions. Kare Dergi (Uluslararası Karşılaştırmalı Edebiyat, Tarih ve Düşünce Dergisi). 2019; (4): 51-61.
Vancouver Aşar Ş . Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions. KARE. 2019; (4): 51-61.
IEEE Ş. Aşar , "Memory as a Site of Resistance in Ursula Le Guin’s City of Illusions", KARE, no. 4, pp. 51-61, Apr. 2019