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The Resource Writing in limbo : modernism and Caribbean literature, Simon Gikandi

Writing in limbo : modernism and Caribbean literature, Simon Gikandi

Label
Writing in limbo : modernism and Caribbean literature
Title
Writing in limbo
Title remainder
modernism and Caribbean literature
Statement of responsibility
Simon Gikandi
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Simon Gikandi's view, Caribbean literature (and postcolonial literature more generally) negotiate an uneasy relationship with the concepts of modernism and modernity--a relationship in which the Caribbean writer, unable to escape a history encoded by Europe, accepts the challenge of rewriting it. On the one hand, Gikandi says, the Caribbean was central to Europe's conceptions of its own modernity, and Caribbean writers, in turn, borrowed European' modernist techniques to define their own decolonized identity. On the other hand, even though many texts from the Caribbean use narrative techniques and discursive practices that seem modern or postmodern, the ideology underlying their use is strongly revisionist. According to Gikandi, Caribbean literature simultaneously appropriates and subverts European notions of modernism and modernity." "Drawing on contemporary deconstructionist theory, Gikandi looks at how such Caribbean writers as George Lamming, Samuel Selvon, Alejo Carpentier, C. L. R. James, Paule Marshall, Merle Hodge, Zee Edgell, and Michelle Cliff have attempted to confront European modernism. Gikandi also calls into question the universal claims of European modernism and modernity by examining the unique sets of problems these concepts generate once they have been transferred to the "margins" of the modern world. Because modernity, Gikandi asserts, is a colonial legacy, the concept of modernism in the Caribbean is invariably linked to the cultures and ideologies of colonialism and nationalism." "Writing in Limbo reveals how postcolonial literature and theory compel us to revise the protocols that govern the reading of modern literature. It will be welcomed by scholars in the fields of literary theory, postcolonial literature, cultural studies, and Caribbean studies."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DCC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gikandi, Simon
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9205.4
LC item number
.G55 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Caribbean fiction (English)
  • West Indian fiction (English)
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Carpentier, Alejo
  • Carpentier, Alejo
  • Carpentier, Alejo <1904-> / Siglo de las luces
Label
Writing in limbo : modernism and Caribbean literature, Simon Gikandi
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Modernism and the Origins of Caribbean Literature.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • Caribbean Modernist Discourse: Writing, Exile, and Tradition.
  • p. 33
  • 2.
  • From Exile to Nationalism: The Early Novels of George Lamming.
  • p. 66
  • 3.
  • Beyond the Kala-pani: The Trinidad Novels of Samuel Selvon.
  • p. 107
  • 4.
  • Deformation of Modernism: The Allegory of History in Carpentier's El siglo de las luces.
  • p. 139
  • 5.
  • Modernism and the Masks of History: The Novels of Paule Marshall.
  • p. 168
  • 6.
  • Writing after Colonialism: Crick Crack, Monkey and Beka Lamb.
  • p. 197
  • 7.
  • Narration at the Postcolonial Moment: History and Representation in Abeng.
  • p. 231
  • Conclusion.
  • p. 252
  • Index.
  • p. 257
Control code
l80091023284
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 260 p.
Isbn
9780801425752
Lccn
lc91023284
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Writing in limbo : modernism and Caribbean literature, Simon Gikandi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Modernism and the Origins of Caribbean Literature.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • Caribbean Modernist Discourse: Writing, Exile, and Tradition.
  • p. 33
  • 2.
  • From Exile to Nationalism: The Early Novels of George Lamming.
  • p. 66
  • 3.
  • Beyond the Kala-pani: The Trinidad Novels of Samuel Selvon.
  • p. 107
  • 4.
  • Deformation of Modernism: The Allegory of History in Carpentier's El siglo de las luces.
  • p. 139
  • 5.
  • Modernism and the Masks of History: The Novels of Paule Marshall.
  • p. 168
  • 6.
  • Writing after Colonialism: Crick Crack, Monkey and Beka Lamb.
  • p. 197
  • 7.
  • Narration at the Postcolonial Moment: History and Representation in Abeng.
  • p. 231
  • Conclusion.
  • p. 252
  • Index.
  • p. 257
Control code
l80091023284
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 260 p.
Isbn
9780801425752
Lccn
lc91023284
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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