The Womb of Space: The Cross-cultural Imagination

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1983 - Social Science - 151 pages

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Wilson Harris brings to light the complication of post-colonial and traditional social hierarchy as well as the implications prevalent within both the systems.He used the concept "miracle of roots" in studying the process of reclaiming roots in a caribbean context. Harris in this non fictional book offers the paradox of "cultural heterogeneity" where a ceaseless dialogue takes place between everyday conventions and what he calls ' half eclipsed otherness'. 


Reflections on Intruder in the Dust
The Schizophrenic Sea
Concentric Horizons

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About the author (1983)

Harris started his literary career as a poet but turned to writing novels when he left Guyana for Great Britain in 1959. His interest in the coexistence of people of different races and cultures is reflected in the wide, imaginative scope of his works and in his themes of the unity of humankind and the connection among peoples throughout the ages. Avoiding the realistic and chronological in his works, Harris employs more complex and intricate structures, with allusions to other works of literature and mythology. His novels deal typically with metaphoric voyages of self-discovery, often through the Guyanese hinterland or upriver as in Palace of the Peacock (1960). The heroes of Da Silva da Silva's Cultivated Wilderness and Genesis of the Clowns (1977) both live in London and use the city as a base for the inner exploration of their multiethnic antecedents. Harris sees a relationship between words as the raw material of literature and colors as the material of art; he attempts to use language as a painter uses paints, in layers of shocking contrasts. Harris has received several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973.

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