"LEVY’S FRUIT OF THE LEMON" (1999) AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITY

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  • Thomas Bonnici

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https://doi.org/10.5935/rl&l.v10i18.2258

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Fruit of the Lemon, British Black Literature, Orature, Identity, Remembrance, Subversion.

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The slave-system, with extant repercussions on contemporary society, is accountable for the globalized exclusion scheme not only in the ex-colonies but even in the former metropolises. Official History is subverted by re-narrating what happened to non-Europeans during the last five hundred years and in Fruit of the Lemon black British author Andrea Levy utilizes orature to trigger the subjectification process in Faith Jackson, a British-born black female whose parents hail from Jamaica. Orature involve the construction of a new subject through revelations on the daily struggle for work, friendship, community-building, racial inclusion and the dire facts of the Caribbean diaspora. Since transindividual social tensions affect the British black subject, native or immigrant, the novel denounces the immigrants’ “amnesia” as a policy and the myth of a British multicultural society accepting peacefully ex-colonial subjects. Results show that remembrance through orature is a powerful means of subjectification and identity, besides being an antidote against a racialized society. In Fruit of the Lemon Levy installs an agonistic stance in which the authority of hegemonic discourse is subverted and a new liberating and hybridized discourse produced.

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01-01-2000

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BONNICI, T. "LEVY’S FRUIT OF THE LEMON" (1999) AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITY. Línguas & Letras, [S. l.], v. 10, n. 18, p. p. 187–212, 2000. DOI: 10.5935/rl&l.v10i18.2258. Disponível em: https://e-revista.unioeste.br/index.php/linguaseletras/article/view/2258. Acesso em: 20 maio. 2022.

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