The Re/Presentation of the Indigenous Caribbean in Literature

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This chapter examines three periods in the representation of Indigenous peoples in Caribbean literature from the early until the latter half of the twentieth century. These periods are the imperial/colonial encounter, the nationalist struggle and the emergence of a “native” literary subjectivity, and finally a postcolonial/postmodern period. The chapter tracks the translation of the Indigenous literary presence in the Caribbean as an aesthetic of disappearance and recrudescence that moves through imperial to postcolonial writing. By tracing the production and reproduction of this aesthetic presence, the chapter elucidates the work the aesthetic does for Creole history, subjectivity, and ontology.

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