By Jennifer Rahim, Dr Barbara Lalla PH.D.
"Beyond Borders" is a multidisciplinary number of essays with a spotlight on modern concerns in Caribbean cultural experiences. tradition and cultural id are undoubtedly hugely charged political Goliaths with neighborhood and international ramifications. this can be one of many purposes for the digital growth the self-discipline has loved, and the Caribbean isn't any exception. consequently, there's a growing to be call for for info within the box for either learn and instructing reasons. The essays during this assortment offer the sort of source. They discover cross-cultural issues and matters throughout various disciplines that come with literature, language, schooling, heritage and pop culture. they are going to curiosity a large cross-section of neighborhood and foreign readers, together with a variety of students, expert lecturers, scholars and participants of most of the people wishing to appreciate the advanced dynamics of Caribbean tradition. the problems of cultural survival and negotiation with which each one of these essays deal, serve to foreground a historical past of domination, resistance and extraordinary differences inside of and past the borders of this archipelago. it really is not attainable to cross tradition off as easily an issue of commonalities, pursuits and values, as though politics and tool have been blameless of influencing what will get outlined and fed on as tradition. "Beyond Borders: Cross-culturalism and the Caribbean Canon" deals a discussion board for modern debates on Caribbean tradition in its ongoing means of evolution.
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16 If language was the major instrument of Empire, it is the very flexible and varying ranges of language, the subtle and exquisite manipulations of native rhythms of speech which have won our writers a very special attention. If the metropole directed what is standard and required by the cultural establishment, it is at the periphery of colony or neo-colony that the imagination resists, destablizes and transforms the status of the word in action. This is a mark of cultural sovereignty, the free definition and articulation of the collective self, whatever the rigour of external constraints.
This space represents the sexualized landscape of national identity and the gendered discourses that instituted Caribbean literary traditions. Once more, traversing geographies to gain the advantage of critical distance is one of the privileges of Caribbean (male) intellectuals, one that has borne itself out in the language used to describe Caribbean historical and cultural landscapes. There can be no separation of these two constructions, sexuality and national identity, because female sexuality has long been the context out of which the “nation” emerges in all its contradictions.
11 In twentieth-century writing from the Caribbean we see a similar formulation of bind, this time articulated through Caribbean nationalism and nationalist politics. The nationalist landscapes mapped out in early constructions of West Indianness, brilliantly expressed through the barrackyard fiction of the 1930s, follow a trajectory of representations in which women’s bodies are tropes for embattled conceptualizations of Caribbean national identity. Apart from demonstrating the integral connectedness of race and gender, the allegorical nature of the barrack yard and storefront narratives gave a face and a voice to the exploitation of the working poor.
Beyond Borders: Cross-Culturalism and the Caribbean Canon by Jennifer Rahim, Dr Barbara Lalla PH.D.