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Title: Literature, Gender and Communication in the making: Understanding Toni Morrison's Work in the Information Society
Author: Revelles Benavente, Beatriz
Director: Sainz, Milagros  
Sánchez Espinosa, Adelina
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Abstract: The present doctoral dissertation examines a relational communicacion as an object for Literary Studies. This communicacion between authors and readers is stablished through Social Networking Sites. For those means, it uses a concrete autor, Toni Morrisson and a particular Social Network, like her official Facebook page. Using New materialism (Van der Tuin & Dolphijn, 2010) as a theoretical framework and a "diffractive metodology" (Barad, 2007), this thesis develops a concept of literary communication based on mechanisms that produce differences on two main aspects: gender and politics. The new materialist framework postulates mainly breaking through opposite poles such as the sexual binary between men and women. On the other hand, the diffractive methodology is oppodef to the "mirroring effect" in wich the different elements of a research (such as researcher, methodology, apparatuses and object of study, among others) are separated from each other to represent reality. This requires a referential shift to look for processes instead of results. Therefore, in this thesis we find that the object of Literary Studies is the communication itself (not the novel or the author), and this communication materializes politics based uppon affinities and not identities and a concept of gender as relationally "situated" (Haraway, 1991) in a racial context. Theses theoretical concepts are empirically articulated thanks to the analysis of affects (Colman, 2008), or feelings, embedded in those relationships.
Keywords: new materialism
feminist theory
African American literature
diffractive methodology
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis
Issue Date: 19-Dec-2014
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