Alien-Nation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature by Patricia Joan SaundersAlien-Nation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature by Patricia Joan Saunders

Alien-Nation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

byPatricia Joan Saunders

Paperback | December 24, 2007

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Alien-Nation and Repatriation examines the emergence and transformations in representations of national identity in Anglophone Caribbean literary traditions. Beginning with the short fiction of C. L. R. James, Alfred Mendes, and Albert Gomes, this study examines the extent to which gender, migration, and female sexuality frame the earliest representations of Caribbean identity in literature by West Indian authors. The study develops chronologically to examine the works of George Lamming, Paule Marshall, Erna Brodber, M. Nourbese Philip, and Elizabeth Nunez. Alien-Nation and Repatriation emphasizes the processes of alienation that marginalize women from discourses of citizenship and belonging, both of which are integral aspects of nationalist literature. This text also argues that for Caribbean women writers engaged in discourses on citizenship, 'return' is not focused on reclaiming the nation-state. Instead Saunders argues that closer examinations of discourses on Caribbean identity reveal the ways in which the female body has been disciplined, through form and content, into silence in colonial and post-colonial Caribbean literary traditions.
Patricia Joan Saunders is assistant professor of English at the University of Miami. She lives in Miami, Florida.
Title:Alien-Nation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9.01 × 6.11 × 0.58 inPublished:December 24, 2007Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739114700

ISBN - 13:9780739114704


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Trinidad Renaissance: Building a Nation, Building a Self Chapter 2 The Pleasures/Privileges of Location: Reading Race, Gender, and Sexuality in George Lamming'sWater with Berries Chapter 3 Gender and Genre: The Logic of Language and the Logistics of Identity Chapter 4 Routes and Roots: Race, Class, and the Meaning of Black Female Subjectivity Chapter 5 Boundaries, Borders, and the Unhoused: Re-Routing Black Identity in North America

Editorial Reviews

Patricia Saunders' work on issues of sexuality in Caribbean popular culture has already established her as an exceptional scholar in the burgeoning field of Caribbean cultural studies. Her incisive analyses of popular culture sensibilities lend a fresh perspective on the Caribbean's literary canon in this promising new book.