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Bodies and Bones
Bodies and Bones

Feminist Rehearsal and Imagining Caribbean Belonging

Shields, Tanya L.

In Bodies and Bones, Tanya Shields argues that a repeated engagement with the Caribbean’s iconic and historic touchstones offers a new sense of (inter)national belonging...


Exhibiting Slavery
Exhibiting Slavery

The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum

Halloran, Vivian Nun

Exhibiting Slavery examines the ways in which Caribbean postmodern historical novels about slavery written in Spanish, English, and French function as virtual museums,...


The Cross-Dressed Caribbean
The Cross-Dressed Caribbean

Writing, Politics, Sexualities

Fumagalli, Maria Cristina, Ledent, Bénédicte, del Valle Alcalá, Roberto

Studies of sexuality in Caribbean culture are on the rise, focusing mainly on homosexuality and homophobia or on regional manifestations of normative and nonnormative...


The Pan American Imagination
The Pan American Imagination

Contested Visions of the Hemisphere in Twentieth-Century Literature

Park, Stephen M.

In the history of the early twentieth-century Americas, visions of hemispheric unity flourished, and the notion of a transnational American identity was embraced by artists,...


Vulnerable States
Vulnerable States

Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction

De Ferrari, Guillermina

According to Martinican theorist Édouard Glissant, the twentieth century has been dominated in the Caribbean by a passion for the remembrance of colonial history. But while...


The Poetics of Ethnography in Martinican Narratives
The Poetics of Ethnography in Martinican Narratives

Exploring the Self and the Environment

Kullberg, Christina

Drawing on narratives from Martinique by Aimé Césaire, Édouard Glissant, Ina Césaire, and Patrick Chamoiseau, among others, Christina Kullberg shows how these writers turn to...


The Quebec Connection
The Quebec Connection

A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures

Tolliver, Julie-Françoise

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the idea of independence inspired radical changes across the French-speaking world. In The Quebec Connection, Julie-Françoise Tolliver...


Pathologies of Paradise
Pathologies of Paradise

Caribbean Detours

Nair, Supriya M.

Pathologies of Paradise presents the rich complexity of anglophone Caribbean literature from pluralistic perspectives that contest the reduction of the region to Edenic...


Market Aesthetics
Market Aesthetics

The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction

Machado Sáez, Elena

In Market Aesthetics, Elena Machado Sáez explores the popularity of Caribbean diasporic writing within an interdisciplinary, comparative, and pan-ethnic framework. She...


Race, Romance, and Rebellion
Race, Romance, and Rebellion

Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century

O'Brien, Colleen C.

As in many literatures of the New World grappling with issues of slavery and freedom, stories of racial insurrection frequently coincided with stories of cross-racial romance...


A Cultural History of Underdevelopment
A Cultural History of Underdevelopment

Latin America in the U.S. Imagination

Leary, John Patrick

A Cultural History of Underdevelopment explores the changing place of Latin America in U.S. culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the recent U.S.-Cuba détente. In...


Staging Creolization
Staging Creolization

Women's Theater and Performance from the French Caribbean

Sahakian, Emily

In Staging Creolization, Emily Sahakian examines seven plays by Ina Césaire, Maryse Condé, Gerty Dambury, and Simone Schwarz-Bart that premiered in the French Caribbean...


New World Modernisms
New World Modernisms

T.S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, and Kamau Brathwaite

Pollard, Charles W.

James Clifford tells us that modernism has become a "traveling culture" because it reflects the "discrepant cosmopolitanism" of the twentieth century—that is, a world in which...


French and West Indian
French and West Indian

Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana Today

Burton, Richard D. E., Reno, Fred

In 1946, after more than three hundred years as French colonies, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana were transformed into "overseas departments" of France, equal and...


Disaster Writing
Disaster Writing

The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe in Latin America

Anderson, Mark D.

In the aftermath of disaster, literary and other cultural representations of the event can play a role in the renegotiation of political power. In Disaster Writing, Mark...


Performance and Personhood in Caribbean Literature
Performance and Personhood in Caribbean Literature

From Alexis to the Digital Age

Murray-Román, Jeannine

Focusing on the literary representation of performance practices in anglophone, francophone, and hispanophone Caribbean literature, Jeannine Murray-Román shows how a shared...


New World Modernisms
New World Modernisms

T.S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, and Kamau Brathwaite

Pollard, Charles W.

James Clifford tells us that modernism has become a "traveling culture" because it reflects the "discrepant cosmopolitanism" of the twentieth century – that is, a world in...


The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination
The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination

Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints

Kaisary, Philip

The Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) reshaped the debates about slavery and freedom throughout the Atlantic world, accelerated the abolitionist movement, precipitated rebellions...


Elusive Origins
Elusive Origins

The Enlightenment in the Modern Caribbean Historical Imagination

Miller, Paul B.

Although the questions of modernity and postmodernity are debated as frequently in the Caribbean as in other cultural zones, the Enlightenment—generally considered the origin...


Disturbers of the Peace
Disturbers of the Peace

Representations of Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Josephs, Kelly Baker

Exploring the prevalence of madness in Caribbean texts written in English in the mid-twentieth century, Kelly Baker Josephs focuses on celebrated writers such as Jean Rhys, V....


The Purloined Islands
The Purloined Islands

Caribbean-U.S. Crosscurrents in Literature and Culture, 1880–1959

Karem, Frederick J.

The Purloined Islands offers the first book-length exploration of literary and cultural exchanges between the United States and the Caribbean during the roughly eighty-...


The Sacred Act of Reading
The Sacred Act of Reading

Spirituality, Performance, and Power in Afro-Diasporic Literature

Castro, Anne Margaret

From Zora Neale Hurston to Derek Walcott to Toni Morrison, New World black authors have written about African-derived religious traditions and spiritual practices.  The...


Consuming Visions
Consuming Visions

Cinema, Writing, and Modernity in Rio de Janeiro

Conde, Maite

Consuming Visions explores the relationship between cinema and writing in early twentieth-century Brazil, focusing on how the new and foreign medium of film was...


Water Graves
Water Graves

The Art of the Unritual in the Greater Caribbean

Loichot, Valérie

Water Graves considers representations of lives lost to water in contemporary poetry, fiction, theory, mixed-media art, video production, and underwater sculptures....


Universal Emancipation
Universal Emancipation

The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment

Nesbitt, Nick

Unlike the American and French Revolutions, the Haitian Revolution was the first in a modern state to implement human rights universally and unconditionally. Going well beyond...


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