Allegories of Desire: Body, Nation, and Empire in Modern Caribbean Literature by Women

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Praeger, Jan 1, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 209 pages
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Caribbean writers and literary-cultural theorists have traditionally associated the Caribbean archipelago and Caribbeanness with the female body. In so doing, however, they have erased not only the bodies but the social, historical and national experiences of real Caribbean women. Allegories of Desire explores the relationship between famous and fictional Caribbean female bodies to literary and historical writing. By looking at the works of six post-1980 Caribbean women writers - Michelle Cliff, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat, J. J. Dominique, Julia Alvarez and Rosario Ferre - M. M. Adjarian uncovers patterns of female bodily resistance to subordination and oppression. These patterns in turn identify the Caribbean and Caribbeanness with ungendered longings for freedom from the imperial twins of patriarchy and North Atlantic colonialism rather than with an imagined - and ultimately exploited - feminine. This compelling study will shed new light on Caribbean literature.

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Michelle Cliff and the Allegory
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Imagining History
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Edwidge Danticat Jan J Dominique and the
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M. M. Adjarian is Associated Researcher, Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona.

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