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S. Torres-Saillant's An Intellectual History of the Caribbean (New Directions in PDF

By S. Torres-Saillant

ISBN-10: 1403966761

ISBN-13: 9781403966766

The 1st highbrow heritage of the Caribbean written by way of a most sensible Caribbean reviews pupil, this e-book examines either writings penned by means of natives of the sector in addition to a physique of texts interpretive of the zone produced through Western authors. Stressing the experiential and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the learn considers 4 significant questions: What paintings, literature or notion can come from the minds of people that have gone through a catastrophic heritage? What makes the conceptual paradigms shaped by means of the Western highbrow in a position to illuminating the special event of Antilleans, yet no longer vice versa? Do Antilleans lack the highbrow historical past required for the translation of tradition, even if of their sector or somewhere else on the planet? Why is the specificity of Caribbean humanity such that it can't be used as a paradigm for humanity as an entire?

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Guarocuya, better known as Enriquillo, the Taino chief who led his people in war against the Spanish colonial regime in Santo Domingo starting in 1519, ended up signing a peace treaty that thenceforward made him and his insurgent troops members of the colonial regime’s military structure, with duties that included the persecution and capture of other Taino and black maroons (Mir 1969:156). Over 200 years later on the island of Jamaica an equally opprobrious deal was sealed by the heroic maroon rebels that Cudjoe led against the British colonial forces.

Speaking specifically of zouk, the one Caribbean musical form her study considers, Guilbault finds that, “as an economic sociopolitical, and cultural force in the Lesser Antilles, [it] has been inextricably linked with significant changes in these areas and practices” (xvii). That ethnomusicologists and other scholars are not alone in declaring the sociopolitical power of music in the Caribbean is evident in current assessments of cadence-lypso or cadence, the rhythm that in the 1970s became established as the national music of the island of Dominica.

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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