Item description for Deconstruction, Imperialism and the West Indian Novel by Glyne A. Griffith...
This book provides an analysis of the West Indian novel in the context post- structuralism. The author sets up a dialogue between West Indian intellectual practice as exemplified by thinkers such as George Lamming, C. L. R. James, and E. Kamau Brathwaite, and the discussions privileged by Foucault and Derrida as they examine what might be called the will to identity. The work demonstrates that many West Indian novels implicitly prefigured deconstructive practice as elucidated by Jacques Derrida. In addition, it observes that the powerful hegemony of imperialism, as ubiquitous in the Caribbean as the tropical sunshine, needs to be included in any aesthetic equation which focuses on the West Indian novel. As such, Michel Foucault's critique of power and epistemic violence is interwoven with Derrida's analyses of a metaphysics of exclusion. Eschewing a chronological approach, the work concludes with textual analyses which provide the reader with insight into theory as well as practice.
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Studio: University Press of the West Indies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Publisher University Press of the West Indies
ISBN 9766400121 ISBN13 9789766400125
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A thoughtful book from a great teacher May 19, 2000
I had the great pleasure of taking Prof. Griffith's seminar in Colonial literature during graduate school at Bucknell, and this book was part of the required reading. It is a highly insightful and theoretical look at the literature of colonialism and its impact on the colonized 'other.' Highly recommended!