Caribbean Literature and the Environment (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
320
Utgivningsdatum
2005-12-01
Förlag
University of Virginia Press
Dimensioner
228 x 158 x 31 mm
Vikt
612 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780813923734
Caribbean Literature and the Environment (inbunden)

Caribbean Literature and the Environment

Between Nature and Culture

Inbunden Engelska, 2005-12-01
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Perhaps there is no other region in the world that has been more radically altered in terms of human and botanic migration, transplantation, and settlement than the Caribbean. Theorists such as Edouard Glissant argue that the dialectic between Caribbean ""nature"" and ""culture,"" engendered by this unique and troubled history, has not heretofore been brought into productive relation. ""Caribbean Literature and the Environment"" redresses this omission by gathering together eighteen essays that consider the relationship between human and natural history. The result is the first volume to examine the literatures of the Caribbean from an ecocritical perspective in all language areas of the region. In its exploration of the relationship between nature and culture, this collection focuses on four overlapping themes: how Caribbean texts inscribe the environmental impact of colonial and plantation economies; how colonial myths of edenic and natural origins are revisioned; what the connections are between histories of biotic and cultural creolization; and how a Caribbean aesthetics might usefully articulate a means to preserve sustainability in the context of tourism and globalization. By creating a dialogue between the growing field of ecological literary studies, which has primarily been concerned with white settler narratives, and Caribbean cultural production, especially the region's negotiation of complex racial and ethnic legacies, these essays explore the ways in which the history of transplantation and settlement has provided unique challenges and opportunities for establishing a sense of place and an environmental ethic in the Caribbean. The volume includes an extensive introduction by the editors and essays by Antonio Benitez-Rojo, Derek Walcott, Wilson Harris, Cyril Dabydeen, Helen Tiffen, Hena Maes-Jelinek, and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, among others, as well as interviews with Walcott and Raphael Confiant. It will appeal to all those interested in Caribbean, literary, and ecocritical studies.
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Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University. Renee K. Gosson is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Bucknell University. George B. Handley is Associate Professor of the Humanities at Brigham Young University and author of Postslavery Literatures in the Americas: Family Portraits in Black and White (Virginia).