The fictional kanaima: Amerindian social thought in the making of the literary space of Guianas

  • Gabriel Cambraia Neiva

Student thesis: Phd


This thesis focuses on the national literatures of the Guianas region, namely Suriname, Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, examining the possibility of a shared literary space. The thread that connects the four fictional narratives under scrutiny, is the Amerindian concept of kanaima and its related cosmological features, a unique topos of the Guianas region. The present thesis examines how various interpretations of the complex notion of kanaima are recreated in the fictional narratives. The literary kanaima, as a marker of difference in the Guianas, stands out as a multifaceted but fruitful image, playing an important role in fundamental South American texts.
Date of Award31 Dec 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorLucia Sa (Supervisor) & Karl Posso (Supervisor)


  • Kanaima
  • Guyana
  • Suriname
  • Venezuela
  • Literature
  • Amerindian
  • Guianas
  • Brazil

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