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Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Anne M. Castro

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Second Advisor's Name

Heather Blatt

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Third Advisor's Name

Ana Luszczynska

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Fourth Advisor's Name

Michael Gillespie

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Post-Colonial, Possession, Spirit, Exoticism, Zombification, Identity, Wounds, Assimilation

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Erna Brodber’s 1988 novel Myal reveals the fatal injuries performed on the spirit by the colonizing efforts of others. In the novel, biracial Jamaican protagonist, Ella, experiences a profound devastation when her husband, Selwyn, creates a ‘white’ persona for her in his production Caribbean Nights and Days. In my thesis, I argue that Selwyn’s aggressions upon Ella’s spirit are only a fraction of the many conducted by those around her. Granted, while Selwyn’s play brings Ella’s zombified spirit into fruition with his distortion of her childhood— the Grovetown community, the Brassington’s and Mrs. Burns also aid in the process of zombifying Ella. The processes of zombification demonstrated through Ella’s steadily emptied biracial identity, independence and spirit occur through a gradual assimilation. Thus, by using the theoretical framework of exoticism and identity referenced in the work of Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Stuart Hall and others, the development and consequences surrounding zombification are examined.





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