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An Intellectual History of the Caribbean : New Directions in Latino American Culture - Silvio Torres-Saillant

An Intellectual History of the Caribbean

New Directions in Latino American Culture

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The first intellectual history of the Caribbean written by a top Caribbean studies scholar, this book examines both writings penned by natives of the region as well as a body of texts interpretive of the region produced by Western authors. Stressing the experiential and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the study considers four major questions: What art, literature or thought can come from the minds of people who have undergone a catastrophic history? What makes the conceptual paradigms fashioned by the Western intellectual industry capable of illuminating the distinct experience of Antilleans, but not vice versa? Do Antilleans lack the intellectual history required for the interpretation of culture, whether in their region or elsewhere in the world? Why is the specificity of Caribbean humanity such that it cannot be used as a paradigm for humanity as a whole?

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006

'...is an extremely stimulating and at times provocative interpretive essay which examines and criticises a number of ways of looking at Caribbean history, society, and literature.' - John Gilmore, The Caribbean Review of Books

'...this is a work of impressive erudition, interdisciplinary in scope and pan-Caribbean by Conviction.' - Clem Seecharan, Modernism / Modernity

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. 1
Introduction: Caribbean Unity in Nature, History, and Prospectsp. 11
The Name and the Mysteryp. 11
The Physical Environmentp. 12
Conquest and Dominationp. 15
The Cultural Geographyp. 18
Forging the Modern World Imperiallyp. 21
The Languages and Culturesp. 24
On Knowing the Caribbeanp. 27
The Musical Turnp. 29
The Last Resort of Culturep. 34
The Rhythms of Successp. 37
Shrinking Thought Horizonsp. 40
Farewell to the Futurep. 44
Musical Consolationp. 47
Colonial Migration and Theoric Awakeningp. 51
An Antillean's Voyage of Discoveryp. 51
A Theoric Preamblep. 53
Knowledge in My Father's Housep. 54
Invasion and Two-Way Mobilityp. 57
Foreign Domination, Native Identityp. 62
Child Labor, Invasion, Migrationp. 67
Power, Authority, and the Resistive Spiritp. 70
On the Partiality of Book Learningp. 73
Inequity in the Market of Ideasp. 75
Western Education and Colonial Alterityp. 78
Reading with an Attitudep. 84
Commitment to Theory and Ethnic Predicamentp. 87
Ethnicity at Siege in the Global Societyp. 93
The Enduring Significance of Bordersp. 99
Intellectual Self-Defense in Caribbean Thoughtp. 103
The Endless History: The Caribbean versus Western Discoursep. 107
A Zone of Alterityp. 107
On Negative Ontologyp. 113
Haiti in the Antillean Worldp. 127
Alter Native Creolityp. 136
History as Hieroglyph and the Postcolonialp. 150
The Enduring Plantationp. 164
Intellects as Maroonsp. 182
Caliban's Dilemma: A Disabling Memory and Possible Hopep. 199
Columbian Language and the Traumap. 199
Caliban's Caribbean Contingencyp. 205
Unkept Promises, Precarious Hopep. 212
Quisqueya's Unreliable Calibanp. 214
Exogenous Paradigmsp. 217
Anatomy of Disillusionmentp. 221
The Colonial Border Todayp. 224
Homo Migransp. 228
Caliban Reformed: A Vision of the Futurep. 233
Epilogue: A Century of Caribbean Diasporap. 243
Works Citedp. 255
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9781403966773
ISBN-10: 140396677X
Series: New Directions in Latino American Culture
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 18th December 2006
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1