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Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

On the Edge

  • Bénédicte Ledent
  • Evelyn O'Callaghan
  • Daria Tunca
  • Examines a topic that has been relatively neglected in criticism, especially in Anglophone texts

  • Takes an original view of madness as a potential space of political, cultural and artistic resistance

  • Looks at a wide range of Caribbean texts, including recent work

Book

Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)

About this book

Introduction

This collection takes as its starting point the ubiquitous representation of various forms of mental illness, breakdown and psychopathology in Caribbean writing, and the fact that this topic has been relatively neglected in criticism, especially in Anglophone texts, apart from the scholarship devoted to Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). The contributions to this volume demonstrate that much remains to be done in rethinking the trope of “madness” across Caribbean literature by local and diaspora writers. This book asks how focusing on literary manifestations of apparent mental aberration can extend our understanding of Caribbean narrative and culture, and can help us to interrogate the norms that have been used to categorize art from the region, as well as the boundaries between notions of rationality, transcendence and insanity across cultures. 



                          

Keywords

Mental illness Trauma Madness Neurosis Colonization Diaspora Caryl Phillips Class Gender Junot Díaz Ecocriticism Jamaica Kincaid Colonial Marlon James Kei Miller Merle Collins

Editors and affiliations

  • Bénédicte Ledent
    • 1
  • Evelyn O'Callaghan
    • 2
  • Daria Tunca
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.University of the West IndiesBridgetownBarbados
  3. 3.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

About the editors

Bénédicte Ledent is Professor in the English Department of the University of Liège, Belgium.

Evelyn O’Callaghan is Professor of West Indian Literature at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. 

Daria Tunca is Lecturer in the English Department of the University of Liège, Belgium.



                            
 

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