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"Mother's River Song: A Poetic Exploration of Native Peoples and the New River within the European Metanarrative"

Mattox, Jessica L. and Poland, Tim and Kellogg, Amanda and Burriss, Theresa "Mother's River Song: A Poetic Exploration of Native Peoples and the New River within the European Metanarrative". 2018. Radford University,

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Through the lens of the New River, this creative thesis considers the ways in which ownership, tradition, modernity, and the European metanarrative function within tribes native to southwest Virginia. Constructed as a cycle of poems, the thesis utilizes postcolonial and ecocritical literary theories to contend with its central questions: How do scientific elements of the New River—natural, biological, and geological—represent its cultural significance, particularly in terms of native peoples? How have native cultures shaped the personality of the New River—and vice versa? To explore these relationships, I utilized the sedimentary layers of the New River as a structural organization of the poems in order to explore the suffering experienced and survival achieved by native peoples. In using the genre of poetry to explore the relationship between native culture and the New River’s geographical history, I incorporate literary devices—such as personification, sharp imagery, and wordplay—to showcase both micro and macro issues inherent to colonialism within a specific place.

Item Type: Thesis
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Radford University > College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences > Department of English
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 15:26
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 19:22
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/423

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