Submerged Layers of Slovenian Identity in Krissy Kneen’s Writing

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  • Igor Maver University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/an.53.1-2.21-31

Keywords:

Krissy Kneen, Slovenian-Australian diaspora, Australian literature

Abstract

The article for the first time ever explores the recent non-fiction and poetry by the contemporary Australian writer Krissy Kneen, who has Slovenian roots through her maternal grandmother. Kneen’s writing, a literary tribute to her late grandmother Dragitca (Dragica Marušič), shows a desire to come to terms with her partly ‘Slovenian’ gut microbiome and DNA, as she herself claims. They, in her view, along with the other elements in the process of identity formation, interestingly importantly help to constitute an ethnic identity and, for that matter, any personal identity. This makes her writing very original within the extant diasporic literary production.

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Published

26.11.2020

How to Cite

Maver, I. (2020). Submerged Layers of Slovenian Identity in Krissy Kneen’s Writing. Acta Neophilologica, 53(1-2), 21–31. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.53.1-2.21-31

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