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Haptic Aesthetics and Skin Diving: Touching on Diasporic Embodiment in the Works of Anne Michaels, Dionne Brand, and David Chariandy

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dc.contributor.author Birch-Bayley, Nicole
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-08T20:55:05Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-21T12:22:07Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-01-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5147
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on the aesthetics of the sense of touch – haptic aesthetics – in contemporary Canadian diasporic literature. My reading of diasporic embodiment will discuss three contemporary novels, Anne Michaels’s Fugitive Pieces (1996), Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For (2005), and David Chariandy’s Soucouyant (2007), for what these novels suggest about the incoherent nature of cultural boundaries and the alternative possibilities for embodiment and community formation through an analysis of the sense of touch. Set in the urban and suburban spaces of Toronto, Ontario, these narratives represent diasporic bodies and experiences less through concrete acts of social, historical, or biomedical identification, and more so through creative tactile and affective gestures of agency and community. I explore the ways in which diasporic subjects in these novels negotiate their biomedical, sociocultural, and geographic positions through haptic metaphoric processes of what I call “skin diving.” en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject touch en_US
dc.subject cultural boundaries en_US
dc.subject Toronto, Ont. en_US
dc.subject diasporic en_US
dc.title Haptic Aesthetics and Skin Diving: Touching on Diasporic Embodiment in the Works of Anne Michaels, Dionne Brand, and David Chariandy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Shlensky, Lincoln
dc.degree.department Department of English en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0401 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0352 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0422 en_US


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