Michelle Cliff's Novels: Piecing the Tapestry of Memory and History (Caribbean Studies Series)

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At the center of Jamaican-born Michelle, Cliff's novels is the exploration of the interplay between memory and history. Noraida Agosto examines Cliff's representation of memory as the part of history that has been suppressed because of its revolutionary potential. Memories of slave rebellions, for instance, were erased through omission from official historical accounts to discourage resistance among slaves. Cliff's novels are an attempt to recover these erased memories, which could generate resistance to modern oppressions. This recovery of devalued memories also entails a validation of non-elite beliefs, languages, and art forms in order to debunk dominant practices.
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Agosto (University of Puerto Rico) examines a Jamaican-born novelist's representation of memory as the part of history that has been suppressed because of its revolutionary potential, and analyzes her novels as an attempt to recover these erased memories. She analyzes the interplay between memory and history and their relation to slavery as an international phenomenon whose vestiges still thrive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820442556
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Caribbean Studies Series
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I A Counter-History of Discovery and Colonization 19
II Memory and Women, Bodies and History 45
III Memory and Resistance 74
IV Cliff's Subject: From Individual to Agent 103
V Creolization in Cliff's Texts 133
Afterword 165
Notes 173
Bibliography 183
Index 197
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