Malcolm Lowry and the Day of the Dead - an escape to Aztec civilization?

FOXCROFT, NIGEL (2010) Malcolm Lowry and the Day of the Dead - an escape to Aztec civilization? In: Faculty of Arts Research Festival: Provocations, 28-29th June 2010, University of Brighton. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Malcolm Lowry’s semi-autobiographical modernist novel, Under the Volcano (1947) journeys us back to the Day of the Dead in Cuernavaca in November 1938. How does this vibrant and colourful Mexican festival link an actual geographical place with the metaphysical, spiritual, and cosmic spaces of the mind? To what extent does this ‘landscape of memory’ illustrate a clash between ancient Aztec (and Mayan) civilizations and modern Latin American culture? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a psychoanalytic perception of psychogeographic impact? Do mankind’s supernatural and celestial roots lie in shamanism and cabbalistic astrology, or in the natural environment exemplified by Lowry’s Dollarton Eridanus in Canada?

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malcolm Lowry; The Day of the Dead; Aztec; civilization; Modernism; Under the Volcano; Cuernavaca; Mexico; festival; folklore; metaphysical; spiritual; cosmic; landscape of memory; psychogeography; Maya; Latin America; psychoanalytic; supernatural; celestial; shamanism; shamanic; Cabbala; Kabbalah; environment; Dollarton; Eridanus; Canada; British Columbia; Nigel Foxcroft; literature; English literature; twentieth-century English literature; modern literature; comparative literature; ethnography; anthropology; historical.
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Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
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Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 08:56
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 16:51
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/7962

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