New Caribbean Studies

Desire Between Women in Caribbean Literature

Authors: Valens, K.

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Relations between women - like the branches and roots of the mangrove - twist around, across, and within others as they pervade Caribbean letters. Desire between Women in Caribbean Literature elucidates the place of desire between women in Caribbean letters, compelling readers to rethink how to read the structures and practices of sexuality.

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Keja Valens is Associate Professor of English at Salem State University, USA.

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"Desire Between Women in Caribbean Literature ranges effortlessly and impressively across Francophone, Hispanic, and Anglophone Caribbean literary worlds in order to reveal a much more inclusive model of sexual relations and desires between women than is commonly anticipated or discussed. Valens's comparative methodology and her emphasis on plural and plastic sexual behaviours work together to narrate a regional female erotic culture through literature that makes an insightful contribution to Caribbean sexuality studies." - Alison Donnell, Professor of Modern Literatures in English, University of Reading, UK, and author of Twentieth Century Caribbean Literature: Critical Moments in Anglophone Literary History

"Desire Between Women in Caribbean Literature counters the marginalization and invisibility of women's intimacies without dissolving their opacity. Focusing on the 'mangled' quality of these relations, Valens sees complexity and darkness as integral to an erotics of survival. At once an ambitious work of literary history and a major intervention in gender and sexuality studies, Desire Between Women recasts relations of secrecy and knowledge through careful attention to the sensuous particularity of language, bodies, and place." - Heather Love, R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Taking the mangrove, with its tangled roots and swampy thickets, as its dominant structuring metaphor, Desire between Women in Caribbean Literature moves beyond the epistemological assumptions and cultural biases of the closet, with its in-out spatial dynamics so dear to binary logic, oppositional modes of identity politics, and the cult of visibility. Drawing on a welter of texts from across the Caribbean, Valens offers a geo-poetic account of place, desire, and writing that overflows the foundational fictions of heteronormative romance without denying the 'mangled' force of traditions, roots, and customs." - Brad Epps, Professor of Spanish, University of Cambridge, UK


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Epistemology of the Mangrove

    Valens, Keja L.

    Pages 1-23

  • José Martí’s Foundational Failure

    Valens, Keja L.

    Pages 25-44

  • Lost Idyll: Mayotte Capécia’s

    Valens, Keja L.

    Pages 45-64

  • Replaced Origins: Maryse Condé’s

    Valens, Keja L.

    Pages 65-88

  • Plotting Desire between Girls: Jamaica Kincaid’s

    Valens, Keja L.

    Pages 89-110

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Hardcover $100.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Desire Between Women in Caribbean Literature
Authors
Series Title
New Caribbean Studies
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33753-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137337535
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34007-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 214
Topics