Fictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Literature

Hardcover | February 15, 2010

byDonette Francis

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Fictions of Feminine Citizenship charts an alternative history of racial and sexual formation in the Caribbean. It examines the ways in which the socialization of female sexuality and the violence of sexual intimacies have mattered to imperialist and nationalist understandings and practices of citizenship. The book moves across historical periods and national contexts ranging from nineteenth-century indentureship in Jamaica to early twentieth-century American military intervention in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Trinidad. Through an interdisciplinary and comparative study of novels by contemporary diasporic Caribbean women writers, Donette Francis demonstrates that the sexual realities of women and girls challenge conventional regional histories. Francis defines this emergent feminist literature as “antiromance,” and argues that these novels contest the heteronormative model of coupling that underwrites constructions of home, family, nation, and diaspora in the Caribbean. Writing against the critical impulse to underscore women’s agency, Francis considers instead how Caribbean female subjects dwell in liminal spaces of both vulnerability and possibility.

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Fictions of Feminine Citizenship charts an alternative history of racial and sexual formation in the Caribbean. It examines the ways in which the socialization of female sexuality and the violence of sexual intimacies have mattered to imperialist and nationalist understandings and practices of citizenship. The book moves across histori...

Donette Francis is an Associate Professor of English at Binghamton University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.83 × 5.66 × 0.71 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619878

ISBN - 13:9780230619876

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Charting Atlantic Modernities’ Desire Lines * Postcard and Policies: Stories behind the American Occupation * Silences Too Horrific to Disturb in Haiti and the Dyaspora * Independence Romances * Novel Insights: Sex Work, Secrets, and Depression * Coda

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“Even for those of us who already teach her work on the manipulation of folktales and other ‘authentic’ narratives by corrupt political regimes in the work of Danticat and other writers, Francis’ new book on intimacy, citizenship, and what she terms ‘the antiromance’ will be a stunning must-read—not least of all in its commitment both to analyzing writers across some traditional divisions, and to careful historical contextualization. This is solid, brilliant work.” —Faith Smith, Associate Professor, Brandeis University