Accepting the Shadow: Personal & National Reconciliation in An Imaginary Life & Remembering Babylon
Australian Catholic University
Critics have usually and profitably considered both 'An Imaginary Life' and 'Remembering Babylon' from the viewpoint of post-colonial theory, although Philip Neilsen is quick to point out that 'An Imaginary Life' 'yields a great variety of readings'. The similarities between the two novels suggest that Malouf is examining similar preoccupations in each: both are deeply concerned with language and its construction of what, in our more unreflective moments, we may consider a separate world of nature; both end in a vision that transfigures the landscape and makes it a place of communion that transcends the limitations of language.
The University of Sydney acknowledges that its campuses and facilities sit on the ancestral lands of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have for thousands of generations exchanged knowledge for the benefit of all.