The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective / Edition 2

The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective / Edition 2

by Antonio Benitez-Rojo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822318652

ISBN-13: 9780822318651

Pub. Date: 01/10/1997

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In this second edition of The Repeating Island, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, a master of the historical novel, short story, and critical essay, continues to confront the legacy and myths of colonialism. This co-winner of the 1993 MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize has been expanded to include three entirely new chapters that add a Lacanian perspective and a

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In this second edition of The Repeating Island, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, a master of the historical novel, short story, and critical essay, continues to confront the legacy and myths of colonialism. This co-winner of the 1993 MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize has been expanded to include three entirely new chapters that add a Lacanian perspective and a view of the carnivalesque to an already brilliant interpretive study of Caribbean culture. As he did in the first edition, Benítez-Rojo redefines the Caribbean by drawing on history, economics, sociology, cultural anthropology, psychoanalysis, literary theory, and nonlinear mathematics. His point of departure is chaos theory, which holds that order and disorder are not the antithesis of each other in nature but function as mutually generative phenomena. Benítez-Rojo argues that within the apparent disorder of the Caribbean—the area’s discontinuous landmasses, its different colonial histories, ethnic groups, languages, traditions, and politics—there emerges an “island” of paradoxes that repeats itself and gives shape to an unexpected and complex sociocultural archipelago. Benítez-Rojo illustrates this unique form of identity with powerful readings of texts by Las Casas, Guillén, Carpentier, García Márquez, Walcott, Harris, Buitrago, and Rodríguez Juliá.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822318651
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/10/1997
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,429,886
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments to the Second edition,
Acknowledgments,
Introduction: the repeating island,
From Columbus's machine to the sugar-making machine,
From the apocalypse to chaos,
From rhythm to polyrhythm,
From literature to carnival,
Part I Society,
1 From the plantation to the Plantation,
Part 2 The Writer,
2 Bartolomé de Las Casas: between fiction and the inferno,
3 Nicolás Guillén: sugar mill and poetry,
4 Fernando Ortiz: the Caribbean and postmodernity,
5 Carpentier and Harris: explorers of El Dorado,
Part 3 The Book,
6 Los pañamanes, or the memory of the skin,
7 Viaje a la semilla, or the text as spectacle,
8 Niño Avilés, or history's libido,
Part 4 The Paradox,
9 Naming the Father, naming the Mother,
10 Private reflections on García Márquez's Eréndira,
11 Carnival,
Epilogue,
Notes,

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