Mariya Nikolova

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis

How Whiteness Claimed the Future. Spectres of Newness in US-American Literature

Supervisors

Summary

The project interrogates tropes of futurity embedded in avant-garde's highly racialized canon. Bringing postmodern criticism in dialogue with Black cultural theory, I examine quests for epistemic and aesthetic innovation. My study considers how narrative techniques and discursive practices enabled white avant-garde's movements forward as their exclusive metaphysical and universal property.