1st Edition

Affect, Performativity, and Chinese Diasporas in the Caribbean Hopeful Futures

By Elena Igartuburu García Copyright 2024
    174 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Affect, Performativity, and Chinese Diasporas in the Caribbean: Hopeful Futures analyzes the emergence of Chinese diasporic literature and art in the Caribbean and its diasporas in the twenty-first century. This book considers the historical and critical discourse about the Chinese diasporas in the Caribbean and proposes a textual and visual archive selecting contemporary texts that signal a changing paradigm in postcolonial literature at the turn of the twenty-first century. Whereas, historically, Chinese minorities had been erased or presented as ultimate Others, contemporary texts mobilize Chinese characters and their stories strategically to propose alternative configurations of community and belonging grounded in affective structures and contest the coloniality of national imaginaries.


    1. Introduction

    2. Chinese Diasporas in the Americas: Theoretical Boundaries and Textual Possibilities

    3. Between Diasporas: Community as Solidarity

    4. Melancholic Belonging: Colonial Violence and Resolution

    5. Emerging Tensions: Coloniality, Bildungsroman, and the Limits of Hope

    6. Countervisual Narratives: Visualities, Imaginaries, Archives

    7. Conclusion. Towards a Posthuman Vocabulary for Hopeful Futures

    Works Cited



    Elena Igartuburu García is a postdoctoral fellow at Universidad de Oviedo, a member of the research group Intersections, and the research project Solidarities (PID2021-127052OB-I00). She has worked as a teaching associate at UMass Amherst and a visiting scholar at SUNY New Paltz after graduating summa cum laude from the Gender and Diversity PhD program at Universidad de Oviedo in 2015. Her current research focuses on race, gender, movement, and choreography in contemporary U.S. and Caribbean texts from the perspective of Performance Studies and Queer and Gender Studies.