Date of Award
Master of Arts
Literary and Cultural Studies
Schultz Kathy Lou
Cohoon B. Lorinda
This project argues that the shared history of slavery, imperialism, and the plantation manifests in 20th Century literature from both the Caribbean and the Southern United States as a haunting and ghostly presence. I utilize both canonical and less well-known authors, with a particular focus on female authors. Authors from both regions write stories of people and places haunted by history as a way to confront the ghosts of slavery and the plantation to allow them a future free of ghosts. Overall I bring together texts that have not been previously read together to show connections between literature of the Global South and the similarities and differences in the ways that they deal with the specirfic shared history. I show that these authors tell the stories as a way to bring about change and create progress, so the characters are no longer stuck in the past with their ghosts.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Lenoir, April Kathleen, "Haunted by History: Specters of the Past in Literature of the Global South" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1313.