Representations of the Island of Caribbean Literature: Caribbean Women Redefine Their Homelands (BOK)
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This book analyzes the literary representation of the island in Caribbean women's literature as a key component of the gendered construction of diasporic identity. This book centers on the representations of the island - whether in Anglophone, Hispanophone, or Francophone Caribbean literature - and the inherent contradictions they raise. It focuses on the various ways Caribbean people express their identity, not only through their personal story, but the way in which it is part of History itself. While the question of independence in a post colonial world regularly comes into play in the Caribbean, the identity of its people also plays a crucial role because it is expressed differently on each island. This work looks at the role of the adopted homeland in relation to the island of origins, and studies the ways in which its symbolic value is expressed. The writings of the Caribbean women authors studied brings to the forefront the importance for the characters of keeping healthy links with their island of origin while at the same time insisting on the importance for those links to be global in content. The study also points out that the notion of diaspora needs to include the reality of a home, not simply a mythical one. It explains the particularities of women's 'diasporic literature', focusing especially on images of the island and their diasporic representation. This book will appeal to scholars in Caribbean Studies, as well as English, Francophone and Latin American Studies.