Remembering Marley : a portrayal of the reggae superstar in Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings

Source document: Brno studies in English. 2018, vol. 44, iss. 1, pp. [167]-184
Extent
[167]-184
  • ISSN
    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
Type: Article
Language
English
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Abstract(s)
The article reads Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014) as an example of a literary text functioning as a public memorial. For the Jamaican society, a cult figure whose image is well established in cultural memory and perpetuated through acts of remembrance is Bob Marley. Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings, which revolves around an attempted assassination of Marley in December 1976 and its socio-political context, builds a composite picture of the singer, interweaving fragments of numerous interior monologues of the novel's characters-narrators. The scattered information passed to the reader via the opinions of diverse personae, shows Marley as a person, artist and symbol. James's book may be recognized as an agent of remembrance, implanting in its readers a certain vision of past events and Marley's legacy, especially if we recognize the text's strategies to transmit memories and, following Ann Rigney, view the novel as a "portable textual monument".
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