"Death is the Only Reality": a Folkloric Analysis of Notions of Death and Funerary Ritual in Contemporary Caribbean Women's Literature

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dc.contributor.author Vrtis, Christina E., 1979-
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-06T21:50:32Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-06T21:50:32Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/10697
dc.description viii, 91 p. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number. en_US
dc.description.abstract Caribbean cultural ideas and values placed on death and mourning, especially in relation to cultural roles women are expected to perform, are primary motivating factors in the development of female self and identity in Caribbean women's literature. Based on analysis of three texts, QPH, Annie John, and Beyond the Limbo Silence, I argue that notions of death and funerary rituals are employed within Caribbean women's literature to (re)connect protagonist females to their homeland and secure a sense of identity. In addition, while some texts highlight the necessity of prescribing to the socially constructed roles of women within the ritual context and rely on the uproper" adherence to the traditional process to maintain the status quo, other texts show that the inversion or subversion of these traditions is also an important aspect of funerary rituals and notions of death that permeate contemporary Caribbean culture. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Committee in Charge: Dr. Dianne Dugaw, Folklore; Dr. Lisa Gilman, English; Dr. Phil Scher, Anthropology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Oregon en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Oregon theses, Interdisciplinary Studies Program: Individualized Program, M.A., 2010;
dc.subject Funeral rites and ceremonies in literature
dc.subject Death in literature
dc.subject Caribbean fiction (English) -- Women authors -- History and criticism
dc.title "Death is the Only Reality": a Folkloric Analysis of Notions of Death and Funerary Ritual in Contemporary Caribbean Women's Literature en_US
dc.title.alternative Folkloric Analysis of Notions of Death and Funerary Ritual in Contemporary Caribbean Women's Literature en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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