Reading Erna Brodber: Uniting the Black Diaspora Through Folk Culture and Religion

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 275 pages
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June Roberts explores the complicated post-colonial infrastructure of Caribbean society and life as an African American through the work of Erna Brodber. Brodber's novels Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home, MYAL, and Louisiana all explore various facets of the Caribbean and African American experiences, and Roberts greatly adds to their value through her commentary and interpretation. While she uses Erna Brodber's books' organizing themes as a home base, Roberts doesn't limit her work to strict criticism and analysis of the novels. Instead, she traces countless issues as varied as the nuances of the Caribbean psyche, the importance of matriarchs, traditional slave dances, obeahs, Santeria and other African-based religious expressions, as well as politics and history, and the perspectives of past and present scholars of the Caribbean and African-American experience. Most importantly, Roberts investigates how the colonial system's exploitation and dehumanization of the black people affected their spirits. This text is broad enough to appeal to all enthusiasts of Caribbean and African-American topics, and it can especially benefit academic courses related to these topics.

 

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Contents

2 The Informing Intellectual Climate
13
3 Interdisciplinary and Intercultmal Social Constructions
27
4 Brodbers Discursive Position Within and Without Caribbean Literary Traditions and Tropes
49
A Canon of Their Own Tropes and Concerns
75
The Sometimes Ambiguous Kumbla of the Folk in Jane and Louisa
89
Historicizing Textual Time
115
8 Reading Myal and Thwarting Spirit Thievery
143
9 The Location of Spirit Thievery
167
10 Redemption Allegories and Myalism
179
11 Tropes of the Harlem Renaissance Minstrelsy and Early TwentiethCentury Black Representation
195
The Ultimate Connection
215
13 Intimations of Allegories of Unification
241
Index
269
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June E. Roberts is Assistant Professor of English and African, African-American and Caribbean Studies.

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