Alien-Nation and Repatriation

Alien-Nation and Repatriation : Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

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AlieNation and Repatriation is a critical examination of race, sexuality, gender and migration in Caribbean nationalist literatures. The more complex contribution made in this book, however, is its insistence on centering the philosophical implications of interpreting (or translating) black female subjectivity back into the literary landscapes of Caribbean literary and cultural texts from which they were erased or disciplined into silence. This book suggests that reading strategies reproduce hegemonic constructions of black women's identities and postionalities as subjects and citizens in Caribbean literature.show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739114700
  • 9780739114704

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Saunders' contention that 'black female subjects function as nationalism's "nearly selved" other' is persuasively argued in analyses of Trinidad's literary scene of the 1920s, George Lamming's narratives of the nation, and, crucially, Caribbean women writers' prophetic and profound counter-narratives of the Caribbean and post-Katrina North America. -- Faith Smith, Brandeis University Patricia Saunders' work on issues of sexuality in Caribbean popular culture has already established her as an exceptional scholar in the burgeoning field of Caribbean cultural studies. Her incisive analyses of popular culture sensibilities lend a fresh perspective on the Caribbean's literary canon in this promising new book. -- Belinda Edmondson, Rutgers University, Newarkshow more

About Patricia Joan Saunders

Patricia Joan Saunders is assistant professor of English at the University of Miami. She lives in Miami, Florida.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Trinidad Renaissance: Building a Nation, Building a Self Chapter 2 The Pleasures/Privileges of Location: Reading Race, Gender, and Sexuality in George Lamming'sWater with Berries Chapter 3 Gender and Genre: The Logic of Language and the Logistics of Identity Chapter 4 Routes and Roots: Race, Class, and the Meaning of Black Female Subjectivity Chapter 5 Boundaries, Borders, and the Unhoused: Re-Routing Black Identity in North Americashow more

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