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Title: West Coast Apocalyptic: A Site-Specific Approach to Genre

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Keywords: Apocalypse
West Coast Literature
Cultural Geogrpahy
Genre Studies
Cultural Studies
Canadian Literature
American Literature
North American Literature
Issue Date: 2011
Series/Report no.: Canadian theses
Abstract: Key studies of apocalypse in previous years have consciously and unconsciously understood the genre in terms of its paradigmatic consistency across examples. This emphasis points out valuable similarities among a wide range of texts, but also diminishes the significance of a text’s locally and historically rooted ways of depicting experience. This study reflects an effort to rebalance the meaning of apocalypse by looking at a specific locale – the North American West Coast. I examine popular, critical, and literary representations of the West Coast to trace out the unique ways that they configure regional identities. Ultimately, I make the case for site-specific criticism, which values provisional, locally rooted terminologies and tropes for analyzing cultural problems.
Description: Thesis (Ph.D, English) -- Queen's University, 2011-01-26 14:00:17.35
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1974/6285
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