The fictional kanaima: Amerindian social thought in the making of the literary space of Guianas

UoM administered thesis: Phd


This thesis focuses on the national literatures of the Guianas region, namely Suriname, Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, examining the possibility of a shared literary space. The thread that connects the four fictional narratives under scrutiny, is the Amerindian concept of kanaima and its related cosmological features, a unique topos of the Guianas region. The present thesis examines how various interpretations of the complex notion of kanaima are recreated in the fictional narratives. The literary kanaima, as a marker of difference in the Guianas, stands out as a multifaceted but fruitful image, playing an important role in fundamental South American texts.


Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Lucia Sa (Supervisor)
  • Karl Posso (Supervisor)
Award date31 Dec 2021