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A wide-ranging work that explores two centuries of Caribbean literature from a comparative perspective. While haunted by the need to establish cultural difference and authenticity, Caribbean thought is inherently modernist in its recognition of the interplay between cultures, brought about by centuries of contact, domination, and consent.

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

Antonio Benitez-Rojo

In this thoroughly researched new book, J. Michael Dash examines the question of self-definition in the Caribbean. Beginning in nineteenth-century Haiti and ending in today's Martinique, Dash analyzes he achievements and shortcomings of some of the most important literary efforts in their attempts to come to terms with the region's characteristics- plantation origins, unfinished modernity, sociocultural heterogeneity, liminality, and archipelagic instability.

Roman De La Campa
[Dash] offers an important new historical panorama of Caribbean literature from the 1930s to today. -- Roman de la Campa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813917641
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Series: New World Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Michael Dash is Professor of Francophone Literature and Chairman of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of the West Indies. He has authored five previous books and translated Edouard Glissant's Caribbean Discourse: Selected Essays.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Tropes and Tropicality 21
2 Modernism, Modernity, and Otherness: Self-Fashioning in Nineteenth-Century Haiti 43
3 Orphic Explanations: Toward a Caribbean Heterocosm 61
4 A New World Mediterranean: The Novel and Knowledge 82
5 Fields of Play: Parody and the Postmodern 107
6 A Poetics of Liminality: Another Caribbean Fin de Siecle 134
Conclusion: View of Twilight in the Tropics 159
Notes 165
Bibliography 181
Index 193
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