Contemporary Caribbean Writing and Deleuze: Literature Between Postcolonialism and Post-continental Philosophy

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Contemporary Caribbean Writing and Deleuze maps a new intellectual and literary history of postcolonial Caribbean writing and thought spanning from the 1930s surrealist movement to the present, crossing the region’s language blocs, and focused on the interconnected principles of creativity and commemoration. Exploring the work of René Ménil, Édouard Glissant, Wilson Harris, Derek Walcott, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Pauline Melville, Robert Antoni and Nalo Hopkinson, this study reveals the explicit and implicit engagement with Deleuzian thought at work in contemporary Caribbean writing. Uniting for the first time two major schools of contemporary thought – postcolonialism and post-continental philosophy – this study establishes a new and innovative critical discourse for Caribbean studies and postcolonial theory beyond the oppositional dialectic of colonizer and colonized. Drawing from Deleuze’s writings on Bergson, Nietzsche and Spinoza, this study interrogates the postcolonial tropes of newness, becoming, relationality and a philosophical concept of immanence that lie at the heart of a little-observed dialogue between contemporary Caribbean writers and Deleuze.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Number of pages223
ISBN (Print)978-1-4411-1643-7
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameContinuum Literary Studies


  • Caribbean literature-20th century-History and criticism; Deleuze, Gilles; Postcolonialism in literature; Continental philosophy


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