West-East Influences on Malcolm Lowry

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Renowned for his masterpiece, Under the Volcano (1947), the late-modernist writer, Malcolm Lowry (1909-57) was fully aware of the role played by literature in heightening awareness of the interconnectedness of our environment. His shamanic perceptions and reflective consciousness – which are brilliantly showcased in his account of the Día de (los) Muertos, or the Mexican Day of the Dead festival - require an interdisciplinary voyage of discovery. This chapter seeks to contribute to the development of a psychogeographic and historical framework for the investigation and evaluation of modernism’s international dimensions and multicultural interconnectedness. It provides a foundation for the consideration of the influence of cultures and civilizations – east and west, ancient and modern – on modernist authors and on avant-garde artists, be they, for example, American, British, or else, Continental.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationActas do XIV Encontro Internacional Malcolm Lowry
EditorsMarcelo Teixeira
Place of PublicationLisbon
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Apr 2020
EventXIV Encontro Internacional Malcolm Lowry - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 30 Oct 201931 Oct 2019


ConferenceXIV Encontro Internacional Malcolm Lowry


  • Malcolm Lowry
  • Day of the Dead
  • Under the Volcano
  • Russian literature
  • Modernism
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Frankfurt School
  • Ignatius L. Donnelly
  • Atlantis
  • Aztec
  • English literature

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