An Intellectual History Of The Caribbean

An Intellectual History Of The Caribbean

by Silvio Torres-Saillant
     
 

The first intellectual history of the Caribbean written by a top Caribbean studies scholar, this book examines both writings penned by natives of the region as well as a body of texts interpretive of the region produced by Western authors. Stressing the experiential and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the study considers four major questions: What art,

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The first intellectual history of the Caribbean written by a top Caribbean studies scholar, this book examines both writings penned by natives of the region as well as a body of texts interpretive of the region produced by Western authors. Stressing the experiential and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the study considers four major questions: What art, literature or thought can come from the minds of people who have undergone a catastrophic history? What makes the conceptual paradigms fashioned by the Western intellectual industry capable of illuminating the distinct experience of Antilleans, but not vice versa? Do Antilleans lack the intellectual history required for the interpretation of culture, whether in their region or elsewhere in the world? Why is the specificity of Caribbean humanity such that it cannot be used as a paradigm for humanity as a whole?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403966773
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
New Directions in Latino American Culture Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,447,601
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Silvio Torres-Saillant is Associate Professor of English and Director, Latino-Latin American Studies Program, Syracuse University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Caribbean Unity in Nature, in History, in Defeat
• Colonial Migration and Theoric Awakening: An Antillean's Voyage of Discovery
• The Neverending History: Western Discursive Siege
• Caliban's Betrayal: Failed Heroes, Memory Remade, New Ways to Hope
• Epilogue: A Century of Caribbean Diaspora

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