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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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From Breakdown to Rebirth: Ritual Reconfigurations of the Nation-State

From Breakdown to Rebirth: Ritual Reconfigurations of the Nation-State

(p.132) 4 From Breakdown to Rebirth: Ritual Reconfigurations of the Nation-State
The Caribbean Novel since 1945

Michael Niblett

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how stylistic innovations and glimpses of utopian potential are extended by authors such as Partrick Chamoiseau, Earl Lovelace, and Erna Brodber into whole aesthetic programs that flesh out projected new modes of collectivity. These writers fashion a new kind of epic form that draws on Caribbean religio-cultural practices centered on possession rites and ego displacement, and refracts the potential lineaments of a reconfigured nation-state.

Keywords:   aesthetic programs, collectivity, Caribbean, religio-cultural practices, possession rites, ego displacement, nation-state, Partrick Chamoiseau, Earl Lovelace, Erna Brodber

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