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Caryl Phillips
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 212

Caryl Phillips

This examination of Caryl Phillips' novels ranges from the Final Passage to The Nature of Blood and considers them in relation to his plays and essays. Starting with a textual analysis of his fiction, it examines how it charts a diasporic awareness.

The British Slave Trade and Public Memory
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 248

The British Slave Trade and Public Memory

A provocative examination of the politics of memory and how a diverse culture remembers its complex history of racism. The author explores these issues in this study and by incorporating a range of material, she analyses how museum exhibits, novels, films, and a play dealt with the subject of slavery.

Caryl Phillips
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 441

Caryl Phillips

Writing in the Key of Life is the first critical collection devoted to the British-Caribbean author Caryl Phillips, a major voice in contemporary anglophone literatures. Phillips's impressive body of fiction, drama, and non-fiction has garnered wide praise for its formal inventiveness and its incisive social criticism as well as its unusually sensitive understanding of the human condition.The twenty-six contributions offered here, including two by Phillips himself, address the fundamental issues that have preoccupied the writer in his now three-decades-long career – the enduring legacy of history, the intricate workings of identity, and the pervasive role of race, class, and gender in soci...

The Cross-Dressed Caribbean
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

The Cross-Dressed Caribbean

Studies of sexuality in Caribbean culture are on the rise, focusing mainly on homosexuality and homophobia or on regional manifestations of normative and nonnormative sexualities. The Cross-Dressed Caribbean extends this exploration by using the trope of transvestism not only to analyze texts and contexts from anglophone, francophone, Spanish, Dutch, and diasporic Caribbean literature and film but also to highlight reinventions of sexuality and resistance to different forms of exploitation and oppression. Contributors: Roberto del Valle Alcalá, University of Alcalá * Lee Easton, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning * Odile Ferly, Clark University * Kelly Hewson, M...

Transoceanic Dialogues
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 280

Transoceanic Dialogues

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008
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  • Publisher: Peter Lang

At the point in time when the abolition of slavery was being celebrated, another system of servitude was underway: indentureship. Indenture labor resulted in the transportation of one million Indians - called coolies - into British and French colonies. Unable or unwilling to return, a great majority of them stayed in the countries they had been shipped to and participated in the creation of new, creole cultures. This book offers a close reading of literary works in French and in English by women writers whose ancestors originally came to the Caribbean or across the Indian Ocean as indentured laborers. Positing a dynamic and open approach, the author adopts the concept of coolitude to examine...

Towards a Transcultural Future
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 317

Towards a Transcultural Future

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004-01
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  • Publisher: Rodopi

This collection has one central theoretical focus, viz. stock-taking essays on the present and future status of postcolonialism, transculturalism, nationalism, and globalization. These are complemented by 'special' angles of entry (e.g. 'dharmic ethics') and by considerations of the global impress of technology (African literary studies and the Internet). Further essays have a focus on literary-cultural studies in Australia (the South Asian experience) and New Zealand (ecopoetics; a Central European émigrée perspective on the nation; the unravelling of literary nationalism; transplantation and the trope of translation). The thematic umbrella, finally, covers studies of such topics as trans...

Theatre of the Arts
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 254

Theatre of the Arts

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2002
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  • Publisher: Rodopi

This volume celebrates Wilson Harris's eightieth birthday and more than fifty years of creative writing. The most original and profound writer of the Caribbean, he has revolutionized the art of fiction and its language. He has himself contributed to this volume, and several Caribbean writers of a younger generation – Cyril Dabydeen, Fred D'Aguiar, Andrew Jefferson-Miles, Mark McWatt, Caryl Phillips, Lawrence Scott – pay tribute here to his genius. The essays are by critics from the Caribbean, Britain, the United States and continental Europe who have long admired and explored his work. They cover the various genres of Harris's writing, his poetry, fiction and criticism, and deal with major aspects of his work, bringing out its relevance to the contemporary context of violence in the world, its modernity, and its contribution to the renewal of the humanities.

L'ecrivain Caribéen, Guerrier de L'imaginaire
  • Language: fr
  • Pages: 487

L'ecrivain Caribéen, Guerrier de L'imaginaire

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008-01
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  • Publisher: Rodopi

This bi-lingual collection illustrates the concept of ¿Warrior of the Imaginary,¿ as defined by Patrick Chamoiseau, in a multi-faceted corpus of texts by and on Caribbean writers. For obvious reasons, many of the contributions in French engage critically with this notion and how it surfaces in the Martinican writer's fiction.

David Malouf
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

David Malouf

Don Randall's comprehensive study situates Malouf within the field of contemporary international and postcolonial writing, but without losing sight of the author's affiliation with Australian contexts. The book presents an original reading of Malouf, finding the unity of his work in the continuity of his ethical concerns: for Malouf, human lives find their value in transformations, specifically in instances of self-overcoming that encounters with difference or otherness provoke. However, the book is fully aware of, and informed by, the quite ample body of criticism on Malouf, and thus provides readers with a broad-based understanding of how Malouf's works have been received and assessed. It is an effective companion volume for studies in postcolonial or Australian literature, for any study project in which Malouf figures prominently.

A History of Literature in the Caribbean
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 672

A History of Literature in the Caribbean

For the first time the Dutch-speaking regions of the Caribbean and Suriname are brought into fruitful dialogue with another major American literature, that of the anglophone Caribbean. The results are as stimulating as they are unexpected. The editors have coordinated the work of a distinguished international team of specialists. Read separately or as a set of three volumes, the History of Literature in the Caribbean is designed to serve as the primary reference book in this area. The reader can follow the comparative evolution of a literary genre or plot the development of a set of historical problems under the appropriate heading for the English- or Dutch-speaking region. An extensive inde...