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Monsters,Tricksters, and Sacred Cows
Monsters,Tricksters, and Sacred Cows

Animal Tales and American Identities

Arnold, A. James

The 1992 Quincentennial of the encounter between the New World and the Old resulted in a veritable culture war- an extreme polarization of hardened ideological positions on...


Just Below South
Just Below South

Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South

Adams, Jessica, Bibler, Michael P., Accilien, Cécile

Just Below South is the first book to examine the U.S. South and the Caribbean as a "regional interculture" shaped by performance--as a space defined not so much by a shared...


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...


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 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...


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,...


Sugar's Secrets
Sugar's Secrets

Race and the Erotics of Cuban Nationalism

Kutzinski, Vera M.

How and why has Cuba's national identity been cast in terms of a cross-cultural synthesis called mestizaje, and what roles have race, gender, sexuality, and class played in the...


Mourning El Dorado
Mourning El Dorado

Literature and Extractivism in the Contemporary American Tropics

Rogers, Charlotte

What ever happened to the legend of El Dorado, the tale of the mythical city of gold lost in the Amazon jungle? Charlotte Rogers argues that El Dorado has not been forgotten...


Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas
Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas
Aljoe, Nicole N., Finseth, Ian

Focusing on slave narratives from the Atlantic world of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this interdisciplinary collection of essays suggests the importance—even...


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 Specter of Races
The Specter of Races

Latin American Anthropology and Literature between the Wars

Birkenmaier, Anke

Arguing that race has been the specter that has haunted many of the discussions about Latin American regional and national cultures today, Anke Birkenmaier shows how theories...


Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line

Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation

Ward, Candace

Crossing the Line examines a group of early nineteenth-century novels by white creoles, writers whose identities and perspectives were shaped by their experiences in...


Guarding Cultural Memory
Guarding Cultural Memory

Afro-Cuban Women in Literature and the Arts

González Mandri, Flora

In Guarding Cultural Memory, Flora González Mandri examines the vibrant and uniquely illuminating post-Revolutionary creative endeavors of Afro-Cuban women. Taking on...


Family Matters
Family Matters

Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland

Moreno, Marisel C.

Adopting a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to Puerto Rican literature, Marisel Moreno juxtaposes narratives by insular and U.S. Puerto Rican women authors in order...


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...


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...


Voicing Memory
Voicing Memory

History and Subjectivity in French Caribbean Literature

Nesbitt, Nick

In Voicing Memory Nick Nesbitt argues that the aesthetic practices of twentieth-century French Caribbean writers reconstruct a historical awareness that had been lost amid the...


Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity
Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity

Returning Medusa's Gaze

Fumagalli, Maria Cristina

Taking up the challenge of redefining modernity from a Caribbean perspective instead of assuming that the North Atlantic view of modernity is universal, Maria Cristina...


Border Fictions
Border Fictions

Globalization, Empire, and Writing at the Boundaries of the United States

Sadowski-Smith, Claudia

Border Fictions offers the first comparative analysis of multiethnic and transnational cultural representations about the United States' borders with Mexico and Canada....


Orphan Narratives
Orphan Narratives

The Postplantation Literature of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse

Loichot, Valérie

In Orphan Narratives, Valérie Loichot investigates the fiction and poetry of four writers who emerged from the postslavery plantation world of the Americas—William...


Caribbean Jewish Crossings
Caribbean Jewish Crossings

Literary History and Creative Practice

Casteel, Sarah Phillips, Kaufman, Heidi

Caribbean Jewish Crossings is the first essay collection to consider the Caribbean's relationship to Jewishness through a literary lens. Although Caribbean novelists...


Reclaiming Difference
Reclaiming Difference

Caribbean Women Rewrite Postcolonialism

Mardorossian, Carine M.

In Reclaiming Difference, Carine Mardorossian examines the novels of four women writers—Jean Rhys (Dominica/UK), Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe/USA), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti/...


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....


Cultural Entanglements
Cultural Entanglements

Langston Hughes and the Rise of African and Caribbean Literature

Graham, Shane

In addition to being a poet, fiction writer, playwright, and essayist, Langston Hughes was also a globe-trotting cosmopolitan, travel writer, translator, avid international...


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