By S. Torres-Saillant
The 1st highbrow background of the Caribbean written by way of a most sensible Caribbean stories student, this e-book examines either writings penned by way of natives of the zone in addition to a physique of texts interpretive of the quarter produced by means of Western authors. Stressing the experiential and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the research considers 4 significant questions: What paintings, literature or concept can come from the minds of people that have gone through a catastrophic background? What makes the conceptual paradigms shaped via the Western highbrow in a position to illuminating the targeted event of Antilleans, yet now not vice versa? Do Antilleans lack the highbrow background required for the translation of tradition, even if of their quarter or in different places on the planet? Why is the specificity of Caribbean humanity such that it can't be used as a paradigm for humanity as an entire?
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People in the Bonasse community have pinned their hopes on the rise of one their own to the policy-making positions in local government. The whole village, as we learn from Eva, the wise and loquacious peasant woman who narrates the story, has fixed its eyes on young Ivan Morton, a lucky and intelligent lad who promises to go far. Since his childhood the community has showered him with prayers so he would do well in school and fulfill his dead mother’s dream that he would “qualify himself and rise to take up the greater burden to lead his people out of the hands of Pharaoh” (Lovelace 1986:40).
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An Intellectual History of the Caribbean (New Directions in Latino American Culture) by S. Torres-Saillant