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Kazuo Ishiguro’s Buried Giant as a Contemporary Revision of Medieval Tropes

  • Joanna BukowskaEmail author
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Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Abstract

Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel, dealing with the role of memory in the construction of individual and collective identity and in the settling or perpetuation of conflicts between individuals and nations, takes as its setting the early medieval land of Britons and Saxons, where peace and happiness are extremely fragile and where the potentially destructive forces might be unleashed at any time. The paper examines the representation of the multicultural narrative world of The Buried Giant as a mixture of diverse medieval tropes, such as perilous journeys, quests, Arthurian characters, ogres and dragons. Kazuo Ishiguro rewrites these staple elements of medieval romances to create a vision, which though fantastic, mythical and historically distant, may be interpreted as reflecting the pressures and tensions faced by the contemporary world, which resembles a rich cultural tapestry, made up of divergent ethnic, religious, and historical backgrounds.

Keywords

Kazuo ishiguro Medieval romance Quest Memory Intercultural relations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine ArtsAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland

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