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Routes and roots; navigating Caribbean and Pacific island literatures.


Routes and roots; navigating Caribbean and Pacific island literatures.

DeLoughrey, Elizabeth M.

U. of Hawai'i Pr.


334 pages




In what is presented as the first comparative study of Caribbean and Pacific Island indigenous and diaspora literature in English, DeLoughrey (English-postcolonial literatures, Cornell U.) introduces a cyclical "tidelectic" (tidal dialectic) alternative to linear, colonial historiography. Stressing the connected geographies of islands and gendered metaphors of male travelers across feminized seas and lands, she first explores the literature of the middle passage routes of African slaves (e.g., John Hearne's The Sure Salvation, 1981). The second half examines indigenous roots in nation-building literatures, including the first novels by Maori women in 1978. The author identifies herself as a white American woman educated in Aotearoa/New Zealand as well as in the U.S. and England.

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