Wilson Harris’s revisionary strategy is influenced through the intuitive blend of quantum physics and the Shamanistic concept of ‘Timehri Script’



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Wilson Harris claims in his theoretical writings that the major task of the imaginative genius or artist is to engage with “the genuine rehearsal of legacies of tradition” (“In the Name of Liberty” 219). Harris further argues that such ‘rehearsal’ involves the “transformation of the conventional and consolidated language of fiction” (“In the Name of Liberty” 217). The major objective of this paper is to demonstrate that Wilson Harris’s re-visionary strategy has been influenced by the intuitive fusion of quantum physics with the pre-Columbian shamanistic vestige known as the Timehri markings. This essay will be guided by Nick Herbert’s theoretical perspectives of quantum reality and Carl Gustav Jung’s notion of synchronicity. Most significantly, Wilson Harris’s shamanistic notions of the Timehri script or Timehri markings will undergird the central argument of this essay. The findings of this research will highlight that the intuitive blend of the Timehri script with quantum physics results in Harris’s promotion of the re-visionary artistic vision.


Presentation for 36th West Indian Literature Conference, held October 2017.
The University of the West Indies

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West Indian literature (English)--History and criticism