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New Caribbean Studies

Anglophone Literature of Caribbean Indenture

The Seductive Hierarchies of Empire

Authors: Klein, Alison

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  • Represents the first comprehensive examination of the literature of Asian indenture in the Caribbean
  • Considers the historic invisibility of indentured women
  • Focuses on literature by both the colonizer and the colonized, creating a more complete understanding of the impact of imperialism
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This book is the first comprehensive study of Anglophone literature depicting the British Imperial system of indentured labor in the Caribbean. Through an examination of intimate relationships within indenture narratives, this text traces the seductive hierarchies of empire – the oppressive ideologies of gender, ethnicity, and class that developed under imperialism and indenture and that continue to impact the Caribbean today. It demonstrates that British colonizers, Indian and Chinese laborers, and formerly enslaved Africans negotiated struggles for political and economic power through the performance of masculinity and the control of migrant women, and that even those authors who critique empire often reinforce patriarchy as they do so. Further, it identifies a common thread within the work of those authors who resist the hierarchies of empire: a poetics of kinship, or, a focus on the importance of building familial ties across generations and across classifications of people.

About the authors

Alison Klein is a Lecturer in International Writing at Duke University, USA. Her work has been published in the anthology Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments, and the journals Anthurium, South Asian Review, and The Journal of Commonwealth Literatures.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Ties That Bind

    Pages 1-24

    Klein, Alison

  • To Have and To Hold: The Role of Marriage in Nonfiction Indenture Narratives

    Pages 25-58

    Klein, Alison

  • Tying the Knot: Early Depictions of Indenture

    Pages 59-101

    Klein, Alison

  • Tangled Up: Gendered Metaphors of Nation in Contemporary Indo-Caribbean Narratives

    Pages 103-143

    Klein, Alison

  • Family Ties: Embodiment of Female Laborers in the Poetry of Indenture

    Pages 145-179

    Klein, Alison

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eBook 21,39 €
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Softcover 29,11 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anglophone Literature of Caribbean Indenture
Book Subtitle
The Seductive Hierarchies of Empire
Authors
Series Title
New Caribbean Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99055-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99055-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99054-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07561-3
Series ISSN
2691-3011
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 258
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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