By Lieven D'Hulst, E. a.

Modern examine on Caribbean literature monitors a wealthy number of subject matters, literary and cultural different types, varieties, genres, languages. nonetheless, the concept that of a unified Caribbean literary house is still questionable, based upon even if one strictly limits it to the islands, enlarges it to undertake a Latin-American standpoint, or maybe can provide it inter-American dimensions. This publication is an formidable tentative to collect experts from a variety of disciplines: neither simply French, Spanish, English, or Comparative reviews experts, nor strictly "Caribbean literature" experts, but in addition theoreticians, cultural reviews students, historians of cultural translation and of intercultural transfers. The contributions take on significant questions: what's the very best department of work among comparative literature, cultural anthropology and types of nationwide or local literary histories? how should still one utilize "transversal" recommendations corresponding to: reminiscence, area, linguistic understanding, intercultural translation, orature or hybridization? Case reports and urban tasks for built-in examine trade with theoretical and historiographical contributions. This quantity is of maximum curiosity to scholars of Caribbean reviews quite often, but in addition to somebody drawn to Caribbean literatures in Spanish, English and French, in addition to to scholars in comparative literature, cultural experiences and move study.

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Gainesville: University Press of Florida: 10. 2 See especially Aparajíta Sagar. 2000. ). 2000. ‘Homophobia and Gay Rights Activism in Jamaica’ in Small Axe 7: 106-111. 36 Vera M. Kutzinski and conservative” path. It is worth noting, for instance, that the 1996 Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature, compiled by Alison Donnell and Sarah Lawson Welsh, carefully eschews categories such as sexuality, homosexuality, gay, lesbian, and queer. This pattern is curious, for non-normative genders and sexualities are frequently at issue in the works of noted contemporary Caribbean writers, among them H.

Placing such texts in separate categories does not solve the problem. The line between celebrating difference and pathologizing it is a fine one. Plus the last thing anyone needs is yet another set of specialized subcategories, such as gay, lesbian, and transsexual Caribbean writers. We also know just how misleading such categories can be: Mootoo may be a lesbian, but she did not write a lesbian novel, even though Cereus does include two lesbian characters. We cannot assemble literary histories by using categories that suggest characters and narrators, including first-person narrators such as Tyler, to be somehow unproblematically continuous with their authors’ persons (and vice-versa) when we know such imputation of autobiographical realism on postcolonial novels to be false.

The purpose of this essay is to highlight Carpentier’s fractured, conflictive, and wideranging depiction of modernity, and to show, therefore, that a reading that argues that the primitive community of Santa Mónica de los Venados is not a utopia remains incomplete without a parallel account of the degree to which the modern metropolis is not a dystopia. 4 Capitalist/Bourgeois Modernity The opening sections of Los pasos perdidos stand as one of the most vivid and memorable expressions in the Spanish language of the horrors of modern urban existence.

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