Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Caribbean Novel since 1945Cultural Practice, Form, and the Nation-State$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 28 February 2021

“No Pain like This Body”: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in a Time of Crisis

“No Pain like This Body”: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in a Time of Crisis

(p.175) 5 “No Pain like This Body”: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in a Time of Crisis
The Caribbean Novel since 1945

Michael Niblett

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores how the utopian imaginings of the texts considered in Chapter 4 remain unfulfilled in the contemporary Caribbean as a result of the continuation both of imperialist exploitation and of internal problems such as ethnic conflict and parasitic indigenous elites. It begins by reexamining some of the themes broached in Chapter 4 in terms of Francophone Indo-Caribbean literature. The chapter then switches to the Anglophone Caribbean to examine work from the 1980s, 1990s, and the first decade of the twenty-first century by a series of women writers, including Oonya Kempadoo, Margaret Cezair-Thompson, Michelle Cliff, and Shani Mootoo, whose novels mediate the crises suffered by the nation-state since the 1970s through the lens of gender relations and issues of sexuality. It also examines the particular problems that confronted Cuba following the collapse of the Soviet Union after 1989. The chapter concludes by considering the claims of regionalism while continuing to insist on the importance of the nation-state to any effort to combat the imperialist logic of global capital.

Keywords:   utopia, Caribbean, imperialism, ethnic conflict, Oonya Kempadoo, Margaret Cezair-Thompson, Michelle Cliff, Shani Mootoo, Cuba, regionalism

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.