Surfing Haïti, and a New Wave of Travel Writing.

Bleakley, Sam (2016) Surfing Haïti, and a New Wave of Travel Writing. Doctoral thesis, Falmouth University.

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Abstract / Summary

This thesis aims to develop an intermodal surf travel writing through the exploration of, and engagement with, Haïti’s coastline. Actor-network-theory (ANT) provides the
methodological and theoretical framework to explore and explain how the key topics - surf, travel (Haïti) and writing - are brought into productive conversation through
translation across persons, artefacts and ideas as an expanding network. Fieldwork is structured and informed by postmodern ethnography as the primary research method of ANT approaches. The entire coastline of Haïti is explored through four research trips, where potential surfing locations are mapped, bringing together my practices as writer, traveller and surfer, theorised through ANT. Engagement with Haïti operates at two levels: the macro level is the rhythm and cycle of anabasis (moving from coast to interior) and katabasis (interior to coast); and the micro level is the activity of surfing and mapping of surf breaks, offering tropes for writing with surfing in mind. The resultant intermodal writing is also a means though which Haïti is both represented and celebrated. The core areas of study - surf, travel (Haïti) and writing - afford equal status (in correspondence with the methodological framework of ANT), as do the roles of geography, ethnography and writing.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Geography & Environment
Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing > Professional Writing
Depositing User: Lucy
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 15:55
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 15:55


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