student profile: Mr Dashiell Moore


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Thesis title: The Redirected Poetic Encounter

Supervisors: Peter MINTER , Isabelle HESSE

Thesis abstract:

In world history, there exists a considerable amount of cultural material driven by European-oriented encounters with minorities, comparisons between these minorities, and what such encounters are said to represent. I would like to pose here that the genre and mode of the literary encounter remains active, produced from predominantly Western perspectives, casting minority populations of the world as a studied periphery, rather than an active agent. This will be the case in a world literary system that is complicit with the world as an economic system (Wallerstein 1974). In response, this thesis questions whether it is possible for encounters to take place without triangulation to a Global North. Can an encounter take place without a third more insidious and immaterial encounter taking place also? Upon posing this question, I am reminded of the age-old adage about a tree in the woods. The answer, of course, is yes. As this thesis will reinforce in regards to the worldly visions of the Caribbean emoted by Édouard Glissant, and the inter-Indigenous literary encounters navigated by Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty, the non-Western encounter is well-storied in respective dedicated intercultural frameworks, such as the Global South, pan-African solidarities, as well as Indigenous-to-Indigenous and trans-oceanic connections.

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