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

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    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
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
    EventFaculty of Arts Research Festival: Provocations - University of Brighton
    Duration: 3 Jan 0001 → …


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


    • 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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