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  • Domestic Servants in Literature and Testimony in Brazil, 1889-1999by Sônia Roncador

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 105.00

    Drawing from a variety of historical sources, theory, and fictional and non-fictional production, this book addresses the cultural imaginary of domestic servants in modern Brazil and demonstrates maids' symbolic centrality to shifting notions of servitude, subordination, femininity, and domesticity. more...

  • Caribbean Perspectives on Modernityby Maria Cristina Fumagalli

    University of Virginia Press 2009; US$ 22.50

    Taking up the challenge of redefining modernity from a Caribbean perspective instead of assuming that the North Atlantic view of modernity is universal, Maria Cristina Fumagalli shows how the Caribbean's contributions to the modern world not only provide a more accurate account of the past but also have the potential to change the way in... more...

  • Edwidge Danticatby Martin Munro; Dany Laferrière

    University of Virginia Press 2010; US$ 22.50

    Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), the novel born from Edwidge Danticat?s childhood in Haiti and immigration to New York City, was one of the great literary debuts of recent times, marking the emergence of an impressive talent in addition to opening up an entire culture to a broad general readership. This gifted author went on to win the... more...

  • Disaster Writingby Mark D. Anderson

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 22.50

    In the aftermath of disaster, literary and other cultural representations of the event can play a role in the renegotiation of political power. In Disaster Writing, Mark D. Anderson analyzes four natural disasters in Latin America that acquired national significance and symbolism through literary mediation: the 1930 cyclone in the Dominican... more...

  • The Poetics of Ethnography in Martinican Narrativesby Christina Kullberg

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 27.50

    Drawing on narratives from Martinique by Aimé Césaire, Édouard Glissant, Ina Césaire, and Patrick Chamoiseau, among others, Christina Kullberg shows how these writers turn to ethnography?even as they critique it?as an exploration and expression of the self. They acknowledge its tradition as a colonial discourse and a study of others, but... more...

  • Pathologies of Paradiseby Supriya M. Nair

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 27.50

    Pathologies of Paradise presents the rich complexity of anglophone Caribbean literature from pluralistic perspectives that contest the reduction of the region to Edenic or infernal stereotypes. But rather than reiterate the familiar critiques of these stereotypes, Supriya Nair draws on the trope of the detour to plumb the depths of ... more...

  • Family Mattersby Marisel C. Moreno

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 27.50

    Adopting a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to Puerto Rican literature, Marisel Moreno juxtaposes narratives by insular and U.S. Puerto Rican women authors in order to examine their convergences and divergences. By showing how these writers use the trope of family to question the tenets of racial and social harmony, an idealized... more...

  • Disturbers of the Peaceby Kelly Baker Josephs

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 24.50

    Exploring the prevalence of madness in Caribbean texts written in English in the mid-twentieth century, Kelly Baker Josephs focuses on celebrated writers such as Jean Rhys, V. S. Naipaul, and Derek Walcott as well as on understudied writers such as Sylvia Wynter and Erna Brodber. Because mad figures appear frequently in Caribbean literature... more...

  • Sounding the Breakby Jason Frydman

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 24.50

    The idea of "world literature" has served as a crucial though underappreciated interlocutor for African diasporic writers, informing their involvement in processes of circulation, translation, and revision that have been identified as the hallmarks of the contemporary era of world literature. Yet in spite of their participation in world... more...

  • The Cross-Dressed Caribbeanby Maria Cristina Fumagalli; Bénédicte Ledent; Roberto del Valle Alcalá

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    Studies of sexuality in Caribbean culture are on the rise, focusing mainly on homosexuality and homophobia or on regional manifestations of normative and nonnormative sexualities. The Cross-Dressed Caribbean extends this exploration by using the trope of transvestism not only to analyze texts and contexts from anglophone, francophone,... more...