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Title: Transgressive Communion dance, performance and presence Jamaican Catholic women at the Liturgy of the Eucharist
Author: Webster, Carol Marie
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2012
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This dissertation is an exploration and critical discussion of two distinct bodies at the intersection of identity and economy, the body of the Jamaican Catholic female and the Body of Christ - the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Drawing tools from Africana, Caribbeanist and womanist thoughts and from dance and performance studies theories, methodological and analytical tools are constructed to explore Jamaican Catholic women's use of dance, presence and performance in/at the Catholic Liturgy of the Eucharist Since their 15th century encounter the African diasporic female body has held sway as border marker on which western Christianity has and continues to forge its identity and derive economic strength. To this end, she has been sexualised and raced, raced with sexualised violence and sexualised with radicalised brutality: her humanity, gender, and dignity have been called into question and her body pathologised as antithetic to the Christian message. Both came as immigrants to Jamaica, one forcibly in chains and owning only her body and her memories. The other, seeking to expand the western Christian Empire, came with bible, guns and rhetoric, proclaimed ownership of the island and the African diasporic female body and the destruction her memories. In carving out spaces for holistic survival the African diasporic female in Jamaica saturated the cultural life of Jamaica with the bodily practices of memory. These practices are legacies of her ancestral homeland that have been reconceptualised in the African diasporic space of Jamaica.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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