Caribbean Dynamics: Re-Configuring Caribbean Culture

Caribbean Dynamics: Re-Configuring Caribbean Culture

By Beatrice Boufoy-Bastick, Savrina Chinien
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Book Description

Caribbean cultural identity is dynamic and complex but also continuously in flux. In the 21st century, the Caribbean is both a site of cultural convergence and divergence. Though influenced by common histories of slavery, indentureship and European colonization and postcolonialism, the multi-ethnic diaspora and new globalized dispensation has resulted in an ever-changing, yet unique Caribbean culture. In Caribbean Dynamics: Re-configuring Caribbean Culture, the authors present the multi-vocality of Caribbean culture with an integrated overview of the social, political and cultural themes that dominate the Caribbean landscape. Francophone, Anglophone, Dutch and Spanish creolization in the Caribbean are examined to reveal reconfigured national and regional identities.Divided into 3 main sections, the first, ‘The Dynamics of Carib-being’, looks at how literature has helped to shape Caribbean identities. The second section, ‘Performing Arts: Mapping out the Caribscape’ presents the diversity of Caribbean culture, while the third section, ‘Transcending Adversity to Foster a Caribbean Culturalist Ethos’ examines how Caribbean cultural identity is articulated and translated in social and government policies. This examination of the Caribbean ‘being’, ‘performing’ and ‘transcending’ steps outside of traditional interrogations of identity and provides a timely panoramic view of emergent issues in a globalized Caribbean region.Caribbean Dynamics investigates both the collectiveness and singularity of the Caribbean and reveals the mosaic that is Caribbean cultural identity; hewn from the past, honed by trans-border diasporic influences and woven into the tapestry of a new globalized cultural landscape.

Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part 1:
    • The Dynamics of ‘Carib-being’
      • European Creoleness: The Dynamics of Creolization in the European and Caribbean literary spaces1
      • Francophone Caribbean Writers and the Legacy of Negritude: A Critical Evaluation
      • Rethinking Caribbean Communities: The Dynamics of Natural Disasters in the Works of Gisèle Pineau
      • Envisioning Social Change in Indo-Caribbean Women’s writing
      • Echoes of Ancestral Voices: Analysing tropes of identity in selected poetry by Jennifer Rahim, Mayra Santos Febres and Chiqui Vicioso
      • The Nation in the Literary Imagi-Nation: A Question of Human Dignity
  • Part 2:
    • (Performing) Arts: mapping the Caribscate
      • Trinidad’s French Creole Linguistic and Cultural Heritage: Documentation and Revitalisation Issues
      • Contemporary Globalized Popular Cultures: Re-configuring Vodou Traditions in the serialized novels of Gary Victor Le revenant
      • Bim and Joebell: Filmic Representations of Colonial and Postcolonial Caribbean Identity
      • ‘We are still in the colonial woods’ Interview with Yao Ramesar
      • Visual Iconography as Trans-positional Mode: Monument, Performance and Spectacle as episteme
      • Chutney Music in Carnival: Re-defining National Identity in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Part 3:
    • Transcending Adversity to Foster a Caribbean Culturalist Ethos
      • Variations on Culturalist Nationalisms in Puerto Rico, or ‘That Orgy of Brutal Appetites, Under the Veil of a Loutish Superstition’
      • Refashioning the Dynamics of National Identity and Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean Society of Curaçao
      • Consuming Safety Safely: Upper Middle and Upper Class Trinidadian Responses to Increasing rates of Crime
      • The Future of Vulnerability and Sustainable Development in Haiti: Disaster, Community, Innovation and Information
      • Dichotomies of Citizenship and Religious Engagement:
      • The Case of Haiti The Law and the Lwa
  • Contributors
  • Index
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