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Derek Walcott: Politics and Poetics

Paula Burnett offers a new interpretation of the life's work of acclaimed St. Lucian poet, playwright, and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. Often regarded as the radical voice of the Third World, his drama and poetry together form a coherent project
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Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo

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Duvalier's Ghosts: Race, Diaspora, and U.S. Imperialism in Haitian Literatures

Duvalier’s Ghosts offers novel and compelling interpretations of several well-known Haitian-born authors such as Edwidge Danticat and Dany Laferrière, particularly regarding U.S. intervention in their homeland.
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José Martí, the United States, and Race

Anne Fountain argues that it was in the United States that Martí--confronted by the forces of manifest destiny, the influence of race in politics, the legacy of slavery, and the plight and promise of the black Cuban diaspora--fully engaged with the specter of racism. Examining Martí's complete works with a focus on key portions, Fountain reveals the evolution of his thinking on the topic, indicating the significance of his sources, providing a context for his writing, and offering a structure for his works on race.
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Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas

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The Politics of Race in Panama: Afro-Hispanic and West Indian Literary Discourses of Contention

By examining the writing of black Panamanian authors, Sonja Watson highlights how race is defined, contested, and inscribed in Panama.
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Masculinity after Trujillo: The Politics of Gender in Dominican Literature

Any observer of Dominican political and literary discourse will quickly notice the prevalence of certain notions of hyper-masculinity. In this extraordinary work, Maja Horn argues that these gender conceptions became ingrained during the dictatorship (1930-1961) of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, as well as through the U.S. military occupation that preceded it.
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Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination

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African Diasporic Women's Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship

Using feminist and womanist theory, Simone Alexander takes as her main point of analysis literary works that focus on the black female body as the physical and metaphorical site of migration. She shows that over time black women have used their bodily presence to complicate and challenge a migratory process often forced upon them by men or patriarchal society.
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Impossible Returns: Narratives of the Cuban Diaspora