Transnational Negotiations in Caribbean Diasporic Literature

Remitting the Text

By Kezia Page

© 2010 – Routledge

158 pages

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About the Book

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Page casts light on the role of citizenship, immigration, and transnational mobility in Caribbean migrant and diaspora fiction. Page's historical, socio-cultural study responds to the general trend in migration discourse that presents the Caribbean experience as unidirectional and uniform across the geographical spaces of home and diaspora. She argues that engaging the Caribbean diaspora and the massive waves of migration from the region that have punctuated its history, involves not only understanding communities in host countries and the conflicted identities of second generation subjectivities, but also interpreting how these communities interrelate with and affect communities at home. In particular, Page examines two socio-economic and political practices, remittance and deportation, exploring how they function as tropes in migrant literature, and as ways of theorizing such literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Theorizing Diaspora, Theorizing Home 1: Creating Diaspora: Caribbean Migrant Literature in England and North America, 1930’s-1960’s 2: Migrant Bodies, Scars and Tattoos: Art as Terror and Transformation in Edwidge Danticat’s Brother I’m Dying and The Dew Breaker 3: "Two places can make children?": Metaphysics, Authorship and the Borders of Diaspora 4: Rethinking a Caribbean Literary Economy: Jamaica Kincaid’s My Brother and Beryl Gilroy’s Frangipani House as Remittance Texts 5: "No Abiding City": Theorizing Deportation in Caribbean Migrant Fiction Afterword: On the Edge of the World Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Kezia Page is Assistant Professor of English at Colgate University.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS041000
HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / General
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004100
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American