Master of Arts
Dominique, Lyndon J.
This thesis foregrounds the significance of gender and violence in the creolization process within the Caribbean slave system, as depicted in Joan Anim-Addo's libretto, Imoinda, Or She Who Will Lose Her Name. Written as a reimagining of Aphra Behn's novella, Oroonoko, Anim-Addo's Imoinda contends that violence (particularly sexual violence) is an integral component of creolization. Yet, this thesis operates on an understanding of violence in which it signifies a simultaneously destructive and productive event, wherein cultures clash and meld together in order to form a new identity. This thesis further explores the ways that a libretto, as a performative genre, specifically addresses the issue of textual silence that Anim-Addo believes is inherent in Behn's Oroonoko. Finally, this thesis closes with a call to readers, in which the audience (like Imoinda's daughter) is charged `not to forget' neither Imoinda's personal suffering, nor the collective history of her people.
Bruno, Sarah Elizabeth, "Sleeping Volcanoes: The Production (and Productivity) of Violence in Joan Anim-Addo's Imoinda, Or She Who Will Lose Her Name" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 1441.