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Resisting ParadiseTourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture$
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Angelique V. Nixon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462180

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462180.001.0001

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Caribbean Migrant Writers and the Politics of Return

Caribbean Migrant Writers and the Politics of Return

(p.33) Chapter Two Caribbean Migrant Writers and the Politics of Return
Resisting Paradise

Angelique V. Nixon

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter two focuses on well-known Afro-Caribbean women writers, Jamaica Kincaid and Edwidge Danticat, who reside in the United States and make a significant contribution to “resistance culture.” Through narratives of return, Kincaid and Danticat challenge exploitative consumption and tourism in their literary works by exposing and utilizing the power that lies in the production of history. They do this by using their mobility and prominence in North American literary markets to inform potential tourists and fellow Caribbeans abroad of the injustices of the tourist industry that are rooted in the history of slavery and colonialism. Kincaid directly confronts and criticizes the tourist industry in her satirical essay/memoir A Small Place; while Danticat participates in and critiques the tourist industry with her travel guide/memoir After the Dance. They produce alternative travel narratives that resist the travel guide genre, which has historically defined “natives” (the other) outside of history, modernity, and humanity.

Keywords:   Afro-Caribbean Women Writers, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat, Travel Narratives, Caribbean Migrant Writers

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