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"One Foot on the Other Side": Suicideality in Contemporary African Diaspora Fiction
by Harlin, Katelyn, Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2020, 197; 28025710
Abstract (Summary)

In this dissertation, in order to discuss suicides in African diaspora fiction which may be subtle or overt, but which aspire to be revolutionary, I will use the word “suicideality”, a portmanteau of suicide and reality. I am defining suicideality as an ontology wherein a subject privileges a political or existential goal over their continued bodily wellbeing or survival. The behavior of a subject living in a state of suicideality may include suicide that is enacted, attempted, or considered; they may also simply act in ways that demonstrate a disregard for their survival—especially in the face of racialized oppression—rather than any fully-formed desire to die. The suffix -eality is meant to emphasize that this is a way of being that is related to and may overlap with or even supersede “reality”. An individual’s death is an expected and perhaps even welcome outcome of quotidian negotiations under suicideality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Okonkwo, Christopher N.
Commitee: Harrison, Sheri-Marie, Piper, Karen, Carney, Christina
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African literature, Black studies, Modern literature
Keywords: Fiction, Global Black literature, Suicide
Publication Number: 28025710
ISBN: 9798569975945
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