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Placing the Body: A Study of Postcolonialism and Environment in the Works of Jamaica Kincaid

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Placing the Body: A Study of Postcolonialism and Environment in the Works of Jamaica Kincaid
author
Hutcherson, Jennifer Ann
abstract
This project examines the work of Jamaica Kincaid for iterations of the body, specifically how Postcolonial and Ecocritical theories may inform those representations. I will look at the narrators of Annie John, Lucy, and The Autobiography of My Mother for examples of embodiment, negotiations and hierarchy of place, and the different spheres of environment that each narrator must engage with. Though both terms, postcolonial and ecocritical, have wide and varied definitions, I will be focusing my discussions on those aspects of place that constitute each discipline. Within the ecocritical, I will target the environment and surroundings and how those affect and are mediated through the bodies of the protagonists. As for the postcolonial, I will pay attention to the experiences of the colonial and how each narrator reconciles the search for plenitude and source within the displacement of colonialism. Narrowed to the body, my topics will include the figure of the mother, sex and smell, death, and several other topics relevant to each novel.
subject
Body
Environmental
Literature
Phenomenology
Place
Postcolonial
contributor
Madera, Judith I (committee chair)
Hena, Omaar (committee member)
Still, Erica (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:35:46Z (accessioned)
2015-06-23T08:35:46Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57127 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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