Narratives of the Lives of Buried Hearts: Writing as (Re)Historicising / Narrativas de vidas de corações enterrados: a escrita como (re)historicização

Davi Gonçalves

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Abstract: The specific context for this literary analysis encompasses the lives and experiences of American natives and of the slaves who were brought to the U.S.A. as elaborated in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick (Douglass (1845), and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown (1970). These books are perhaps some of the most evoked manifestations of historical revision; the former addressing American History through the perspective of a slave, and the latter doing likewise through the perspective of the indigenous population. I endeavour to get to such reflections through scrutinising the historical echoes of literature, as my specific goal is to analyse if and how Douglass and Brown’s books revise American history by saying what has been kept silent so far. The reflections articulated in both narratives prove to be harsh evidence that historical documents are far from being all encompassing – and are, for such reason, amenable to revision.

Keywords: Frederick Douglass; Dee Brown; historical revision.

Resumo: O contexto específico levado em conta nesta análise literária diz respeito às vidas e experiências dos nativos americanos e dos escravos trazidos para os EUA, como elaborado em Narrative of the Life of Frederik Douglass, de Frederick Douglass (1845), e Bury my Hear at Wounded Knee, de Dee Brown (1970). Talvez estes livros sejam duas das manifestações de revisionismo histórico mais evocadas, sendo a primeira uma narrativa contada pela perspectiva de um escravo e a segunda, pela perspectiva da população indígena. Busco chegar a essas reflexões através do escrutínio dos ecos históricos da literatura, sendo meu objetivo específico analisar se e de que forma os livros de Douglass e Brown revisam a história americana dizendo aquilo que até então havia sido mantido em silêncio. As reflexões articuladas em ambas narrativas evidenciam de forma concreta que documentos históricos não são capazes de abraçar todas as discussões necessárias – e são, por esse motivo, passíveis de revisão.

Palavras-chave: Frederick Douglass; Dee Brown; revisionismo histórico.


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Frederick Douglass; Dee Brown; historical revision; revisionismo histórico.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17851/2317-2096.26.3.293-310

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Aletria: Revista de Estudos de Literatura
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