Term of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

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Thesis (open access)

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Jason Hoelsher

Committee Member 1

Jeff Garland

Committee Member 2

Sarah Richter


In a post-colonial world, one would expect much of the servitude of the past to have ended, but this is not the case. In places such as the Bahamas new forms of or neo- colonialism has come to exist specifically under the guise of tourism. Writing amidst the end of colonialism in the twentieth century, Franz Fanon argues that sblack person exists in a liminal state. They must assimilate to the white society in order to be accepted, but not so much so thatbecause that it threatens whiteness. It is through Fanon’s writing on race that I have developed a critical lens to view the tourism of the Bahamas. The Bahamian people are trying to please the tourist whowant an escape from home, but in a place still similar enough that they don’t feel discomfort. In an effort to create this fictional cultural performance for tourists, the Bahamian people then masksome of their Bahamian-ness. If the tourism is a form neo-colonial control how much does Bahamian cultural performance on the tourists’ behalf change our actual culture?

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