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Carnival performance aesthetics:Trinidad carnival and art making in the diaspora

Dewis, Adeola Patricia 2014. Carnival performance aesthetics:Trinidad carnival and art making in the diaspora. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

This thesis focuses on the ways in which identity and ritual converge within the emancipatory performances of the Trinidad Carnival and the Caribbean inspired Carnivals of Notting Hill and Cardiff. The work looks as the ways in which Carnival performances can be interpreted in order to investigate how these interpretations can be practically utilised within art-making or art presentation. The thesis develops an innovative reading of the word mas' (masquerade/mask) offering new perspectives that can serve as a nucleus for ways of engaging with and analysing Carnival. The consideration of mas' as a performance activity with traits that can be manifested within and outside of the Carnival environment is highly relevant and has been applied in my practical art experiment called 'Mama dat is Mas'. The project also aims to analyse the ways in which re-interpretations of mas' can engage with issues of social anxiety and feelings of displacement.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Funders: President's Scholarship
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 01:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/73692

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