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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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Literary Deliriums: Cultural Expression, Commodity Fetishism, and the Search for Community

Literary Deliriums: Cultural Expression, Commodity Fetishism, and the Search for Community

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(p.97) 3 Literary Deliriums: Cultural Expression, Commodity Fetishism, and the Search for Community
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The Caribbean Novel since 1945
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Michael Niblett

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032479.003.0004

This chapter examines the increasingly fraught representations of individuals and communities in the 1970s and 1980s, as the shortcomings of various national projects became ever more apparent or, as in the case of the French départements, the possibility of even obtaining independence seemed to recede. Through an analysis of novels by Lovelace, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Luis Rafael Sénchez, it explores themes of language, madness, folklorization, and commodity fetishism. The chapter argues that despite the strangulation of cultural and political expression these texts document, they nevertheless imply that new social relations and forms of collectivity can be articulated.

Keywords:   representation, independence, Earl Lovelace, Patrick Chamoiseau, Luis Rafael Sénchez, language, madness, folklorization, commodity fetishism, social relations

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