“Water always remembers”: ecology and being in Yvette Christiansë’s literary works

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dc.contributor.author Neocosmos, Zoe Naledi
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-30T17:29:59Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-30T17:29:59Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/30830
dc.description A research report submitted to the Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, 2020 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates two of Yvette Christiansë’s literary works. Unconfessed (2006) and Imprendehora (2009) from the twin perspectives of slave histories and oceanic studies. Themes of ecology and the ocean have not been extensively explored in her works. Placing the sea as a point of critical perspective, this project explores how an oceanic imaginary functions within Christiansë’s works. How might the sea, and related ecologies, extend modes of existence of the disfigured slave subject? Can qualities of the ocean help re-enchant a fractured world? Through close readings of the two works, the project explores the related themes of the ecological, the nonhuman and sacredness. The introduction sets out the aim and rationale of the project, followed by a literature review explaining the different strands of scholarship and theoretical work that have been used to create a scaffolding for my reading of Christiansë’s work. The first chapter explores histories of Cape slavery and oceanic perspectives in Christiansë’s works. The second chapter considers Joshua Bennett’s ‘more than human socialities’, and Mel Y Chen’s theory of ‘animacy’ as a route into investigating enslaved persons at sea and multiple compositions of the nonhuman. The third chapter deploys M. Jacqui Alexander’s notion of ‘the Sacred’ and Harry Garuba’s animist discourse as another route into Christiansë’s texts. The Conclusion returns to theories of ‘ocean materialities’ as a tool in broadening modes of thinking about literature and slavery in South Africa en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.title “Water always remembers”: ecology and being in Yvette Christiansë’s literary works en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CK2021 en_ZA
dc.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.school School of Literature, Language and Media en_ZA

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