Caribbean Romances: The Politics of Regional Representation

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University of Virginia Press, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 228 pages
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This interdisciplinary volume on postcolonial Caribbean culture brings together ten essays by exciting young scholars who challenge some of the established assumptions of postcolonial studies. The contributors look at ways in which the "romance" trope is employed within contemporary Caribbean popular culture and literature to idealize the newly independent, postcolonial societies of the region.

The essays situate this discourse of idealization in its historical and cultural contexts and reveal how it is a reinvention of the old romance initially constructed in the imperial imagination of Europe and America.

  

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Contents

Canonized Hybridities Resistant
12
Avoiding
39
The Invention
56
Positive Vibration? Capitalist Textual
92
Beautiful Indians Troublesome Negroes
163
Immigrant Nostalgia
183
Liminal Spaces
199
Contributors
215
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Belinda Edmondson is Associate Professor of English and African-American Studies at Rutgers University

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