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Caribbean Literature and the Environment
Caribbean Literature and the Environment

Between Nature and Culture

DeLoughrey, Elizabeth, Gosson, Renée K., Handley, George B.

Perhaps there is no other region in the world that has been more radically altered in terms of human and botanic migration, transplantation, and settlement than the Caribbean....


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...


Eric Williams and the Anticolonial Tradition
Eric Williams and the Anticolonial Tradition

The Making of a Diasporan Intellectual

St. Pierre, Maurice

A leader in the social movement that achieved Trinidad and Tobago’s independence from Britain in 1962, Eric Williams (1911–1981) served as its first prime minister. Although...


Signs of Dissent
Signs of Dissent

Maryse Condé and Postcolonial Criticism

Fulton, Dawn

Maryse Condé is a Guadeloupean writer and critic whose work has challenged the categories of race, language, gender, and geography that inform contemporary literary and...


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....


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...


Fellow Travelers
Fellow Travelers

How Road Stories Shaped the Idea of the Americas

Ochoa, John

Road trips loom large in the American imagination, and stories from the road have been central to crafting national identities across North and South America. Tales of...


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...


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...


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...


Rum Histories
Rum Histories

Drinking in Atlantic Literature and Culture

Nesbitt, Jennifer Poulos

When you drink rum, you drink history. More than merely a popular spirit in the transatlantic, rum became a cultural symbol of the Caribbean. While rum is often dismissed as...


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...


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...


Cuba and the Fall
Cuba and the Fall

Christian Text and Queer Narrative in the Fiction of José Lezama Lima and Reinaldo Arenas

González, Eduardo

The literature of Cuba, argues Eduardo González in this new book, takes on quite different features depending on whether one is looking at it from "the inside" or from "the...


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...


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,...


Locating the Destitute
Locating the Destitute

Space and Identity in Caribbean Fiction

Radović, Stanka

While postcolonial discourse in the Caribbean has drawn attention to colonialism’s impact on space and spatial hierarchy, Stanka Radović asks both how ordinary people as "users...


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 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...


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 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...


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...


The Mambi-Land, or Adventures of a Herald Correspondent in Cuba
The Mambi-Land, or Adventures of a Herald Correspondent in Cuba

A Critical Edition

O'Kelly, James J., Brittan, Jennifer

In late 1872, the New York Herald named James J. O’Kelly its special correspondent to Cuba, to cover what would later be known as the Ten Years’ War. O’Kelly was tasked...


Idle Talk, Deadly Talk
Idle Talk, Deadly Talk

The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature

Rodríguez Navas, Ana

Chaucer called it "spiritual manslaughter"; Barthes and Benjamin deemed it dangerous linguistic nihilism. But gossip-long derided and dismissed by writers and intellectuals-is...


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...


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