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A multidirectional Memory Approach to Representations of Colonization, Racism, and Genocide in Literature

Pamela Lagergren Williams, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Abstract

This dissertation explores where historical memories concerning colonization, genocide, and racism intersect, merge, and overlap in multidirectional ways. The text opens by exploring the possibilities of using a multidirectional model of world history and then moves to a discussion of certain aspects of world political history that interrogates why some nations have dominated others. The focus then shifts to England's attitude toward perceived "others" in the crucial late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries by examining contemporary theater drama. From there, the text moves on to current voices that have spoken out against the racism and genocide that have emerged as byproducts of empire building. Finally, possibilities for where we, as citizens of the world, can go from here in thinking through framing justice and equality for all its occupants is given the final voice in this text. My approach may be thought of as somewhat philosophical.^

Subject Area

Comparative literature|American studies|Holocaust studies

Recommended Citation

Williams, Pamela Lagergren, "A multidirectional Memory Approach to Representations of Colonization, Racism, and Genocide in Literature" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3589222.
http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI3589222

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