Alternative communities in Caribbean literature

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Raffaella A. Meriwether (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Alexandra Schultheis Moore

Abstract: In this project, I explore Caribbean literature that contests the privileging of nation and diaspora community models, and instead presents the spontaneous and productive formation of communities through praxis. Conceptualizing community through this lens challenges systemic emphases on unity, shared history, and shared identity, while it simultaneously incorporates difference at its very foundation. I draw on Caribbean and postcolonial theory, subaltern studies historiography, and feminist theory in my analysis of Caryl Phillips's The Atlantic Sound , Erna Brodber's Louisiana , Zee Edgell's Beka Lamb, and Maryse Condé's I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem . I argue that these texts illuminate communities that most fully enable the productive personal and political development of the Caribbean subject.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
20th century, Caribbean literature, Community, Feminist theory, Postcolonial theory, Subaltern history
Caribbean literature
Community life in literature

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