Authenticating voice : authenticating culture
Herein, 'natural voice' is a concept described as that unconscious, unsolicited language of day-to-day discourse. It is that 'comfortable' language of a speech community which fosters variation and creative expression in order to enhance cultural bonding among its members. This language of the masses, due to its lack of adherence to purist 'standards' (which govern the written word) is left without authentic historical representation. Its true voice silenced, my intent is to instill an awareness of the need to document diversities of voice in order to more accurately depict the cultural practices of speakers. Further, as literature has traditionally been a medium for cultural record-keeping, I see the poet (with an acute ear for language and skilled at manipulating the mother tongue) as historian. Better affording future generations adequate cultural representations of peoples, likewise, I feel that the validation of natural voices, accomplished via comprehensive recordings of verbal discourse, will work towards a complete truing of cultures.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Colloquial language;Heaney, Seamus -- 1939- -- Criticism and interpretation;Levine, Philip -- 1928- -- Criticism and interpretation;Walcott, Derek -- Criticism and interpretation
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Ortlieb, Lalaine Arbuthnot, "Authenticating voice : authenticating culture" (1999). HIM 1990-2015. 153.