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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...


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/...


Creole Recitations
Creole Recitations

John Jacob Thomas and Colonial Formation in the Late Nineteenth-Century Caribbean

Smith, Faith L.

John Jacob Thomas (1841-1889) was one of the leading members of a newly emergent intelligentsia in nineteenth-century Trinidad—a group that could be identified as both "...


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...


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...


Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82
Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82
Cesaire, Aime

Aime Cesaire has been described by the Times Literary Supplement as likely to "figure alongside the Eliot-Pound-Yeats triumvirate that has dominated official poetic culture for...


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...


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...


Memory at Bay
Memory at Bay
Trouillot, Évelyne

Winner of the prestigious Prix Carbet--an award won by such distinguished authors as Maryse Condé, Jamaica Kincaid, and Raphaël Confiant-- Memory at Bay is now available...


Autobiography and National Identity in the Americas
Autobiography and National Identity in the Americas
Hunsaker, Steven V.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY in the Americas puts texts from English and French Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Bolivia, and the United States into a hemispheric...


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,...


It Shall Be of Jasper and Coral and Love-across-a-Hundred-Lives
It Shall Be of Jasper and Coral and Love-across-a-Hundred-Lives
Liking, Werewere

The West African writer, painter, playwright, and director Werewere Liking is considered one of the best literary interpreters of the postcolonial condition in Africa. Her...


Transatlantic Solidarities
Transatlantic Solidarities

Irish Nationalism and Caribbean Poetics

Malouf, Michael G.

Despite their prominent place in twentieth-century literature in English, novelists and poets from Ireland and the anglophone Caribbean have long been separated by literary...


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...


Dog Days
Dog Days

An Animal Chronicle

Nganang, Patrice

"I am a dog," the narrator of Patrice Nganang's novel plainly informs us. As such, he has learned not to expect too much from life. He can, however, observe the life around him...


Soon Come
Soon Come

Jamaican Spirituality, Jamaican Poetics

Hodges, Hugh

Soon Come celebrates Jamaican poetry as an expression and extension of the island’s rich spiritual traditions, offering fresh insights into some of the late twentieth century’s...


Singular Performances
Singular Performances

Reinscribing the Subject in Francophone African Writing

Syrotinski, Michael

Francophone African writing is often concerned with questions of subjectivity and narrative agency, and it is this focus Michael Syrotinski takes as his point of departure in...


The Abandoned Baobab
The Abandoned Baobab

The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman

Bugul, Ken

The subject of intense admiration--and not a little shock, when it was first published--The Abandoned Baobab has consistently captivated readers ever since. The book has...


Edouard Glissant and Postcolonial Theory
Edouard Glissant and Postcolonial Theory

Strategies of Language and Resistance

Britton, Celia

Edouard Glissant has written extensively in French about the colonial experience in the Caribbean. Since he is known primarily as a novelist and poet, his theoretical essays...


The Belle Créole
The Belle Créole
Condé, Maryse

Possessing one of the most vital voices in international letters, Maryse Condé added to an already acclaimed career the New Academy Prize in Literature in 2018. The twelfth...


I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
Condé, Maryse

This wild and entertaining novel expands on the true story of the West Indian slave Tituba, who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, arrested in 1692, and...


The Story of The Madman
The Story of The Madman
Beti, Mongo

Widely acclaimed when first published in French in 1994, Mongo Beti's tenth novel, L'histoire du fou, continues the author's humorous yet fierce criticism of the colonial...


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...


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...


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-...


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