First NameAndrew Kei
Last NameMiller
Emailamiller7@illinois.edu
Supervisor NameProfessor Nigel Leask
UniversityUniversity of Glasgow
CountryUnited Kingdom
Keywordsdiasporic communities, West Indian epistolary practices, personal letters, emails, verse epistles, epistolary novels, letters to editors,
DegreePhD
DomainEnglish

Abstract

The Caribbean islands have been distinguished by mass migratory patterns and diasporic communities that have moved into and out of the region; as a consequence, the genre of the letter has been an important one to the culture and has provided a template for many creative works. This dissertation is the first major study on West Indian epistolary practices: personal letters, emails, verse epistles, epistolary novels, letters to editors, etc. It focuses on a contemporary period – from the 1930s to the present, and on examples that have come out of Jamaica. The dissertation offers both close-readings on a range of epistolary texts and theoretical frameworks in which to consider them and some of the ways in which Caribbean people have been addressing themselves to each other, and to the wider world.

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