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The Caribbean Novel since 1945Cultural Practice, Form, and the Nation-State$
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Michael Niblett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032479

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032479.001.0001

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The Promise of National Independence: Modernity, Allegory, and Sacrifice

The Promise of National Independence: Modernity, Allegory, and Sacrifice

(p.27) 1 The Promise of National Independence: Modernity, Allegory, and Sacrifice
The Caribbean Novel since 1945

Michael Niblett

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines evocations of the nation-state in narratives from the 1940s and 1950s, setting them in the context of the growing social and political unrest of the time and the upsurge in anticolonial and anti-imperial movements struggling for independence or for the thoroughgoing reorganization of societies already nominally independent (Cuba and Haiti, for example). It provides a brief overview of a range of texts with the aim of identifying key themes and tropes while also establishing a theoretical framework for considering the relationship between the nation, cultural practice, and literary form.

Keywords:   evocations, nation-state narratives, independence, anticolonial movements, anti-imperial movements

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