1st Edition

Caribbean-English Passages Intertexuality in a Postcolonial Tradition

By Tobias Doring Copyright 2002
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Tobias Döring uses Postcolonialism as a backdrop to examine and question the traditional genres of travel writing, nature poetry, adventure tales, autobiography and the epic, assessing their relevance to, and modification by, the Caribbean experience.
    Caribbean-English Passages opens an innovative and cross-cultural perspective, in which familiar oppositions of colonial/white versus postcolonial/black writing are deconstructed. English identity is thereby questioned by this colonial contact, and Caribbean-English writing radically redraws the map of world literature.
    This book is essential reading for students of Postcolonial Literature at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    Introduction 1. Rough Passages: Travel and its Discontents 2. Sugar Cane Poetics: Planting the Arts into a Creole Landscape 3. The 'Congo' in the Caribbean: Cartographies of Exploration 4. Remapping the Mother Country: Life-Writing and Parabiography 5. Turning the Colonial Gaze: Caribbean-English Ekphrasis 6. Writing Across the Meridian: Epic Echos in Derek Walcott's Omeros Conclusion: Caribbean-English Passages: From the Topologies to the Locations of Culture


    Tobias Döring teaches literature and cultural studies at the English Department of the Freie Universität Berlin. A graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury, he takes special interest in African and Caribbean literature and postcolonial studies.

    'The elegance and sophistication of his own writing, with its sinuous argumentation and nuanced tones, does justice to the complex cultural confrontations and engagements negotiated by CaribbeanULEnglish literatures across several centuries.' - Russell West(Berlin)