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MYTHOGENESIS AS A RECONFIGURATION OF SPACE IN AN “ALTERNATE WORLD”: THE LEGACY OF ORIGIN AND DIASPORA IN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING

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This thesis focuses on the framework of mythogenesis as it derives from and applies to experimental Caribbean writing. The themes explore spaces within language that reconfigure the past into the present by using techniques of voice multiplicity, epic, dream, imagination, and spirituality. The first chapter builds from the work of Wilson Harris as he introduces theories of mythogenesis through his critical essays, and also in his own art of experimental writing in the novel The Four Banks of the River Space. Harris’s legacy of experimental diasporic style evolves into the works studied in the second chapter: Nathaniel Mackey’s endless poem “Song of the Andoumboulou,” and M. NourbeSe Philip’s collection Zong!. The final chapter implements the styles and techniques of these three artists in a creative piece of experimental writing.
subject
Diaspora
Experimental Writing
M. NourbeSe Philip
Mythogenesis
Nathaniel Mackey
Wilson Harris
contributor
Pittenger, Bailey Mestayer (author)
Hena, Omaar (committee chair)
Barbour, Sarah (committee member)
Ruocco, Joanna (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:35:51Z (accessioned)
2015-06-23T08:35:51Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57143 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
MYTHOGENESIS AS A RECONFIGURATION OF SPACE IN AN “ALTERNATE WORLD”: THE LEGACY OF ORIGIN AND DIASPORA IN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING
type
Thesis

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