Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences (COLABS)
MA in English
Alexis Brooks de Vita
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Black Lives Matter, Literary Analysis, Political Analysis, Prophetic Literature, Radical Imagination, Social Analysis
In exploring the connections between the literary arts and the history of society, Stevens Orozco points to the existence of a prophetic element within the works of writers such as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Octavia E. Butler. By tracing the history of society through a linear path of published and canonized works, Orozco argues that the molding of society throughout history is a result of the manipulation of identities and narratives that has established the foundation for the historically dominant culture in literature, philosophy, and government. In response to this manipulation, Orozco demonstrates how the recent works of American writers such as Baldwin, Morrison, and Butler have executed a practice of radical imagination in order to reclaim identity, narrative, and history. This practice of radical imagination produces a forward vision consciousness that addresses the status of contemporary society and future obstacles that lie ahead.
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Orozco, Stevens, "The Prophetic Element: Writing Through The Past, The Present, And The Future By Using Radical Imagination" (2021). Theses (2016-Present). 22.