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dc.contributor.advisorBarnes, Natashaen_US
dc.contributor.authorHenningsen, Timothy A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-10T19:45:40Z
dc.date.available2014-06-11T09:30:22Z
dc.date.created2012-08en_US
dc.date.issued2012-12-10
dc.date.submitted2012-08en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/9300
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation investigates the impact of American literature and culture upon the Anglophone Caribbean during and following the Second World War. Traditional inquiries involving this era usually render the Caribbean in colonial and/or post-colonial contexts; this dissertation instead looks to understand alternative variables, especially the widespread affiliations with U.S. culture made by emergent Caribbean writers from the so-called “Windrush Generation” that were exposed to American soldiers serving overseas. The American military presence on islands like Jamaica and Trinidad necessarily brought with it concomitant aspects of American culture; Caribbean communities were thereby introduced to American cinema, music, magazines, fashion, food, and lingo, all of which offered new tangents for individual self-expression throughout the region. Caribbean writers would subsequently take this cultural amalgamation to a more highbrow level by engaging with the likes of American writers, particularly the 19th century threesome of Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Herman Melville. Furthermore, as U.S. academic institutions promoted American literature as an identifiable national genre following the Allied victory, Caribbean writers like George Lamming, C. L. R. James, V. S. Naipaul, and Sylvia Wynter would witness this literary ascendency and speculate how their own national genre might be assembled. Not coincidentally, the American and Caribbean genres of literature both identify and employ vernacular writing, which, especially during the embryonic stages of the attendant literary criticism for both regions, allows writers and critics to tout the seeming distinctiveness of their literary craft, rendered in a unique idiom. Ultimately, this dissertation exposes the underexplored literary relationship between the United States and Caribbean, and argues for a shared rhetorical and literary ethos which emerges under the pretexts of nationalism during the so-called “American Moment.”en_US
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dc.rightsCopyright 2012 Timothy A. Henningsenen_US
dc.subjectAnglophone Caribbean Literatureen_US
dc.subjectAmerican Literatureen_US
dc.subjectGeorge Lammingen_US
dc.subjectC. L. R. Jamesen_US
dc.subjectV. S. Naipaulen_US
dc.subjectSylvia Wynteren_US
dc.subjectMark Twainen_US
dc.subjectWalt Whitmanen_US
dc.subjectHerman Melvilleen_US
dc.subjectLeo Marxen_US
dc.subjectWorld War IIen_US
dc.subjectWindrush Generationen_US
dc.subjectMyth and Symbolen_US
dc.subjectConstitutive Rhetoricen_US
dc.titleFeeling American: Caribbean Petitions for a New World Literary Ethosen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePhD, Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCintrón, Ralphen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCirillo, Nancyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHolland, Sharonen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMessenger, Christianen_US
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