Mafe, Majena (2007). SOUNDING THE OTHER LIGHT MPhil Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland.

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Author Mafe, Majena
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 2007
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Dr Bronwyn Lea
Subjects 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Abstract/Summary Sounding of the Other Light .. a biography is a poetic text that works as an open frame of possibilities for exploring the self and voice tied to an antique aspect of light called Lux. Its text works as an imaginary biography of this light, generated from the voices of two women's perceptual and imaginary experiences: one, a cloistered nun from tenth-century Europe, who interacts with the subtle light of lux as it erupts inside her body the other, a young woman, totally unbound as she crosses an Australian desert in the early50s, relates to light as it transpires across and on her eye. Both women watch, imagine, vision, speak, and dream themselves, reflected throughout by both the darkness and lght that exists inside and around them This text is composed of a range of writing approaches. It employs voice in many poetic forms that move through and across literary genres. As such it can be envisaged as a textual labyrinth or a cabinet of textual curiosities that restates 'the self' as myriad forms of articulated perceptual wonder. The accompanying exegesis, "Sounding the Ineffable," looks at the correlation between the subtle light of lux and a particular type of voice shaped by experience and the gaps of articulation. The disappearance of the term lux, I speculate seems to coincide with a closing down of a rich particular experience, an ecstatic relationship to wonder. The outcome of this repressed brilliance becoming a silenced aspect of the ineffable. This is a study of the discourses surrounding lux's emergence, disappearance and re-emergence in contemporary texts and how lux still influences what we see and experience. The exegesis begins with a detailing of the pre-Socratic naming of lux as an element of matter focusing on their struggling with definitions and realms of experience. 'The second chapter details a range of medieval mystical testimonies as they too struggle to find a language to detail their experience of lux as a first- hand ecstasy of inner- radiance. The third chapter raises the possibilities for articulation of the ineffable inherent in two of Gertrude Stein's work's, "Tender Buttons" and "Lifting Belly", where she creates a language in writing, "sounded" from her own body as sensorium. I see Stein's work in these texts has been to seek to open the frames defining the unspoken by examining and demonstmting language's capacity for a bright material self- reflection. As a writer, my interest in the subject of light and perception has grown out of my work as a visual artist initially in the use of it as a tool that one deals with in the depiction of form, but especially as it appears as the 'medium of depiction' associated with images of woman as 'the nude'. Light is the illuminater of woman as 'nude' as 'naked' and as such tells a particular story of that self as a she all aglow but in this instance without a voice.

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