Narrative Coherence and Postcolonialism in Tomorrowland (2009) and Tender Girl (2015) by Lisa Samuels

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Abstract

Lisa Samuels’s experimental works Tomorrowland (2009) and Tender Girl (2015) explore multicultural dynamics through their story. While both works do so through their stories, by presenting characters experiencing transculturality within their story world, these stories seem only vaguely coherent. This article argues that the absence of a clear novelistic story structure in favour of the presence of a less obvious, hybrid poetic-narrative structure furthers the goal of exploring multiculturality. Coining and describing two lingual mechanisms that allow for such a hybrid structure, it explores the textual strategies at work in Samuels’s texts, illustrating how they structure texts combining principles of narrative coherence with principles of poetic structuring.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberh1-18
Pages (from-to)h1-h23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Lisa Samuels
  • coloniality
  • story structure
  • narrative world
  • referential function
  • poetic function
  • multiculturality

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