Pathologies of Paradise
Pathologies of Paradise presents the rich complexity ofanglophone Caribbean literature from pluralistic perspectives that contest the reduction of theregion to Edenic or infernal stereotypes. But rather than reiterate the familiar critiques of thesestereotypes, Supriya Nair draws on the trope of the detour to plumb the depths of anti-paradisediscourse, showing how the Caribbean has survived its history of colonization and slavery. In herreading of authors such as Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, V. S. Naipaul, Zadie Smith, JunotDaz, and Pauline Melville, among others, she examines dominant symbols and events that shapethe literature and history of postslavery and postcolonial societies: the garden and empire,individual and national trauma, murder and massacre, contagion and healing, grotesque humor and thecarnivalesque. In ranging across multiple contexts, generations, and genres, the book maps asyncretic and flexible approach to Caribbean literature that demonstrates the supple literarycartographies of New World identities.
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