Date of Thesis

Spring 2020


The Caribbean is frequently imagined and aestheticized by the image of the basin, which limits the way the region is confined in geographic and historic terms. By conceptualizing the poets as mapmakers, the collections by Kei Miller, Olive Senior, and M. NourbeSe Phillip reference the container of the basin but remediate it in poetic terms. The movement towards a distinctive lack of containment illustrates the dynamic literary and geographical operations of the Caribbean, linking typography and topography. Reading with a new lens, including digital resources that re-spatialize these poems, demonstrates the complexities that characterize the formation of these texts and how they resist neat containers and containment, thereby charting new ways to redraw and reimagine places and spaces.


literary cartography, topopoetics, tidalectics, rhizome, network visualization

Access Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Type

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Raphael Dalleo

Second Advisor

Katherine Faull

Third Advisor

Elena Machado Sáez