Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Major

Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication

First Advisor

Stacy Tye-Williams

Abstract

Stories of Sky and Sea: Storying the Generational Divide at Cape Muroto is a thesis that demonstrates the identity construction of Japanese groups at Cape Muroto through the embedded local narratives. The paper explores the embodied and imminent nature of the local narratives that are built around the mythic figure Kōbō Daishi. This research focuses on the expressions of “other-than-human-persons”—location, nature, geography, ecology, etc.—as active agents in rhetoric, public memory, and religious folk story. I use ethnographic research to investigate how narrative expresses a religious identity in conversation with social, environmental, and economic conditions.

Copyright Owner

Eric James Waite

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

61 pages

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