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dc.contributor.advisor Isle, Walter W.
dc.creatorSlappey, Lisa Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T06:29:24Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T06:29:24Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/18025
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines literary renderings of postcolonial American space through close readings of novels by four contemporary American writers: Thomas Pynchon's Vineland and Mason & Dixon, Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, the Timeless People, Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, and Alfredo Vea, Jr.'s La Maravilla. My study is grounded in environmental criticism's emphasis on the relationships between humans and non-human nature, particularly the interactions between peoples and places. I explore questions of domination and subjugation, possession, dispossession, and repossession, home and homelessness in the world we think we know, and the worlds we can only imagine. The novelists in this study raise difficult questions about America as a philosophical ideal and as a political entity. Where does this nation fit, historically and currently, within global affairs? To what extent does America have the moral authority it assumes over itself or anyone else? At times, these questions are posed through comparisons, both subtle and overt, between the United States and other regimes more recognizable for their egregious human rights records, such as Spanish Mexico, Nazi Germany, and Dutch South Africa. The authors then locate oppression at home by addressing the enduring effects of the genocide of indigenous peoples, the slave trade and the Middle Passage, and the creation of a racially diverse American underclass. In each case, human oppression is depicted within the highly-contested social space of the physical landscape and is shown to go hand in hand with environmental destruction.
dc.format.extent 203 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectCaribbean literature
American literature
dc.title Writing off the map: The postcolonial landscapes of Pynchon, Marshall, Silko, and Vea
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department English
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Slappey, Lisa Ann. "Writing off the map: The postcolonial landscapes of Pynchon, Marshall, Silko, and Vea." (2001) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/18025.


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