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By S. Torres-Saillant

ISBN-10: 140396677X

ISBN-13: 9781403966773

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ISBN-13: 9781403983367

This is first highbrow historical past of the Caribbean written via a most sensible Caribbean experiences student. The booklet examines either the paintings of natives of the area in addition to texts interpretive of the quarter produced by means of Western authors. Stressing the experimental and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the learn considers significant questions within the field.

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He pragmatically reasons that Morton might not be ideal, but the alternatives promise to be no better. At least, “he is still our own and if we don’t support him, de Gannes or the Indian will come in” (138). In his logic, race should disqualify the opposition of de Gannes, a 36 AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN light-skinned mulatto lawyer, and the Indian Ramsumir, a physician who only recently returned from England. ” (138). For Eva, the only source of consolation lies in the vitality of popular culture.

The myriad flights of population that have characterized the Caribbean experience have culminated in the cultural and existential expansion of the sending world over several centuries. West Indians made up a substantial portion of the black community that emerged from 1730 onward in Liverpool, INTRODUCTION 21 where today some black Liverpudlians can trace their roots in that city “for as many as ten generations” (Costello 2001:8). Elsewhere in England and much later in time, namely London in the mid-twentieth century, people from the British Caribbean made up an ethnic enclave so aware of its cultural apartness that Samuel Selvon could venture to imagine them as part of an insulated urban cosmos in The Lonely Londoners (1956).

Ronald D. Harpelle has studied their origins, development, and vicissitudes in The West Indians of Costa Rica (2001). Similarly, focusing on Costa Rican fiction writer Quince Duncan as well as on Panamanian authors Carlos “Cubena” Guillermo Wilson and Gerardo Maloney, literary scholar Ian Smart has usefully outlined the growing body of Spanish-language Central American writings that show unmistakable linkages to the literature of the English-speaking islands, an affinity evidently stemming from the history of West Indian migration to the continent (Smart 1984).

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