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The geopolitical contours of the Caribbean have changed over the centuries. Amerindian chiefdoms gave way to European colonies that have been replaced by nations of various political flavors. Connections between islands and countries vary almost as much as the languages spoken in the region.


As people, cultures, and ideologies have collided over the centuries, the difficulty of describing the region has become ever more complex. Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Cultures brings together some of the top scholars working on the Caribbean in a wide range of fields. They address a variety of subjects, from the colonial slave trade to the discourse of AIDS in the twenty-first century.


Particularly impressive is the range of texts examined, from Haitian art of the Botpippel to U.S. imperialist fiction of Cuba. Covering all parts of the region and most linguistic groups, the essays demonstrate that the Caribbean as a multicultural geographic area defies simple classification.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813032184
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 5/25/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Randolph Distinguished Professor of Caribbean Studies at Vassar College, is author of Literatures of the Caribbean. Ivette Romero-Cesareo, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Marist College, is coeditor of Women at Sea: Travel Writing and the Margins of Caribbean Discourse.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction Ivette Romero-Cesareo and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert 1

1 Endangered Species: Caribbean Ecology and the Discourse of the Nation Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth 8

2 Christopher Columbus and the Enslavement of the Amerindians Jalil Sued-Badillo Sued-Badillo, Jalil 24

3 Under the Cuban Flag: Notions of Indigeneity at the End of the Nineteenth Century Peter Hulme Hulme, Peter 49

4 "To Shake This Nation as Nothing before Has Shaken It": C.L.R. James, Radical Fieldwork, and African American Popular Culture Kevin Meehan Meehan, Kevin 77

5 Moving Metaphors: The Representation of AIDS in Caribbean Literature and Visual Arts Ivette Romero-Cesareo Romero-Cesareo, Ivette 100

6 The "Children of the Sea": Uncovering Images of the Botpippel Experience in Caribbean Art and Literature Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth Martha Daisy Kelehan Kelehan, Martha Daisy 127

7 Testimonial Intent and Narrative Dissonance: The Marginal Heroes of Miguel Barnet Michael Aronna Aronna, Michael 162

8 Off-Beat Migrancies: Musical Displacements in the Hispanic Caribbean Yolanda Martinez San Miguel Miguel, Yolanda Martinez San 188

9 The New Atlantis: The Ultimate Caribbean Archipelago Antonio Benitez Rojo Rojo, Antonio Benitez 215

Works Cited 225

About the Contributors 243

Index 247

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