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New Caribbean Studies

Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

On the Edge

Editors: Ledent, Bénédicte, O'Callaghan, Evelyn, Tunca, Daria (Eds.)

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  • 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
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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. 



                          

About the authors

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.


                             

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • “Madness Is Rampant on This Island”: Writing Altered States in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

    Pages 1-17

    Ledent, Bénédicte (et al.)

  • “Kingston Full of Them”: Madwomen at the Crossroads

    Pages 19-38

    Josephs, Kelly Baker

  • “Fighting Mad to Tell Her Story”: Madness, Rage, and Literary Self-Making in Jean Rhys and Jamaica Kincaid

    Pages 39-62

    deCaires Narain, Denise

  • Madness and Silence in Caryl Phillips’s A Distant Shore and In the Falling Snow

    Pages 63-80

    Su, Ping

  • Speaking of Madness in the First Person/Speaking Madness in the Second Person? Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and “The Cheater’s Guide to Love”

    Pages 81-102

    Munos, Delphine

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98180-2
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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature
Book Subtitle
On the Edge
Editors
  • Bénédicte Ledent
  • Evelyn O'Callaghan
  • Daria Tunca
Series Title
New Caribbean Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98180-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98180-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98179-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 220
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