Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From cutting cane to planting seeds: Race, gender, and identity in Caribbean women's fiction
by Salkauski, Jaclyn N., Ph.D., The Florida State University, 2012, 293; 3519366
Abstract (Summary)

This study includes six narratives published between 1980 and 2009 that offer exemplary representations of a racialized, gendered identification process in the Caribbean, and situates them within a post-colonial Pan-Caribbean literary analysis. The texts included in this study are: Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home by Erna Brodber (1980), Anna In-Between by Elizabeth Nunez (2009), Dreaming in Cuban by Christina García (1992), Casi una mujer by Esmeralda Santiago (1998), L'Exil selon Julia by Gisèle Pineau (1996), and Behind the Mountains by Edwidge Danticat (2002).

By breaking the language barrier and studying representations of racialized, gendered identity formation throughout the Anglophone, Hispanophone, and Francophone Caribbean, a post-colonial analysis leads to a discovery of commonalities and differences in identity processes on varying planes, including personal, national, regional, and global. The historical, social, and cultural hybridity of the Caribbean is taken into account when discussing levels of identity consciousness, with an emphasis on representations of racialized, gendered individuals.

Through twentieth and twenty-first century narrative—many considered autobiographical, semi-autobiographical, or testimonial—the authors offer representations of individuals taking on the process of identity while inscribing the female into a non-marginalized space. Through the act of literary production, racialized, gendered individuals of the immensely hybrid Caribbean region accept and re-write the non-Western historical and social trauma of post-coloniality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Poey, Delia
Commitee: Cappuccio, Brenda, Fernandez, Roberto, McGregory, Jerrilyn
School: The Florida State University
Department: Modern Languages
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 73/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Modern literature, Caribbean literature, Caribbean Studies, Womens studies
Keywords: Anglophone, Caribbean literature, Francophone, Hispanophone, Identity, Women
Publication Number: 3519366
ISBN: 978-1-267-52244-3
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