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Title: Kinaesthetic bodies in contemporary literature
Author: Mak, Wing Haang
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 005X
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis examines contemporary literary texts in English from the Caribbean, South Korea, Nigeria, Japan, the U.S., the U.K., and India, and their representations of the embodied resistance practices of people who are marginalised under contemporary globalisation. It also draws upon a play, a film, and an art installation to support these readings. The thesis goes about this through four chapters, considering in sequence how, in these texts, these people enact their own agency and resistance through their bodies in the globalised contexts of new sexual politics, mediatised war, technology, and neo-colonial development. It is attentive to how in each of these contexts and texts, the lived experiences of marginalised peoples are suppressed in various ways: by silencing, making invisible, technologically instrumentalising, and energetically exploiting their bodies. The thesis reads these literary texts as registering bodies that are actively resisting their marginalisation. These texts represent these resistance practices through bodily kinaesthesia, which refers to a body which is sentient and which moves and engages with the world through a form of corporeal consciousness-the lived body. The thesis uses a methodology that takes the lived body as its starting point, which means that the literary text is analysed as a kind of testimony-taking the form of performance and event-that bears witness to marginalisation. Ultimately, by attending to literary representations of bodily kinaesthesia, we can understand how marginalised subjects account for their own particular lived experiences of a globalising world and begin to effect change in embodied ways.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HQ The family. Marriage. Woman ; JZ International relations ; PK Indo-Iranian ; PN Literature (General) ; PR English literature ; PS American literature