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Author: J. Michael Dash
ISBN13: 978-0813917641
Title: The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context (New World Studies (Paperback))
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Publisher: University of Virginia Press; n edition (May 29, 1998)
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The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context (New World Studies (Paperback)) by J. Michael Dash



Beginning in nineteenth-century Haiti and ending in today's Martinique, Dash analyzes he achievements and shortcomings of some of the most important literary efforts in their attempts to come to terms with the region's characteristics- plantation origins, unfinished modernity, sociocultural heterogeneity, liminality, and archipelagic instability. He has authored five previous books and translated Edouard Glissant's Caribbean Discourse: Selected Essays. Series: New World Studies (Paperback).

A wide-ranging work that explores two centuries of Caribbean literature from a comparative perspective  . A wide-ranging work that explores two centuries of Caribbean literature from a comparative perspective. While haunted by the need to establish cultural difference and authenticity, Caribbean thought is inherently modernist in its recognition of the interplay between cultures, brought about by centuries of contact, domination, and consent.

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The Other America may serve also as a general history of theorizing the Caribbean, a fervent encyclopedia of the region’s intellectual life. All the important figures and their writings get thorough, sympathetic readings, to suit their intrinsic literary and historical importance, although they are here treated in the light of Glissant’s later extension or reformulation of their ideas (Benítez-Rojo excepted). This book, in a fine performance, brings Glissant especially to the attention of the English-speaking world.

In The Other America, Dash once again treads territory made familiar by Gordon K. Lewis (Main Currents in Caribbean Thought,1983) and Gerald Moore (The Chosen Tongue: English Writing in the Tropical World, 1969). But Dash's signal achievement is to approach the issues facing French Caribbean literature and intellectual history through Glissant's theory and philosophy. In the process, Dash carries off his task rather handsomely, exactly meeting the objectives he formulates in his introduction. Dash awards the laurel to Glissant as "the first Martiniquan writer to explore the possibility of a Caribbean identity in a thoroughgoing way" (11). As he notes, "Glissant wants to locate Martinique in its immediate hemispheric context and to end the nostalgia for prelapsarian origins. In so doing, Glissant is careful not to propose a creole, Caribbean identity as an alternative center.

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Other notable names in (anglophone) Caribbean literature have included Earl Lovelace, Austin Clarke, Claude McKay, Orlando Patterson, Andrew Salkey, Edward Kamau Brathwaite (who was born in Barbados and has lived in Ghana and Jamaica), Linton Kwesi Johnson, Velma Pollard and Michelle Cliff, to name only a few. In more recent times, a number of literary voices have emerged from the Caribbean as well as the Caribbean diaspora, including Kittitian Caryl Phillips (who has lived in the UK since one month of age); Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian immigrant to the United States; Anthony Kellman from Barba. The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context.

The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context (New World Studies). ISBN 9780813917634 (978-0-8139-1763-4) Hardcover, University of Virginia Press, 1998. Founded in 1997, BookFinder. Coauthors & Alternates.

A wide-ranging work that explores two centuries of Caribbean literature from a comparative perspective. While haunted by the need to establish cultural difference and authenticity, Caribbean thought is inherently modernist in its recognition of the interplay between cultures, brought about by centuries of contact, domination, and consent.