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

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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?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFaculty of Arts Research Festival
Subtitle of host publicationProvocations
Place of PublicationBrighton, UK
Pages0-0
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
EventFaculty of Arts Research Festival: Provocations - University of Brighton
Duration: 3 Jan 0001 → …

Conference

ConferenceFaculty of Arts Research Festival: Provocations
Period3/01/01 → …

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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    Foxcroft, N. (2010). Malcolm Lowry and the Day of the Dead - an escape to Aztec civilization? In Faculty of Arts Research Festival: Provocations (pp. 0-0).