By adopting a Caribbean perspective through which to re-examine seventeenth- to nineteenth-century texts from the British canon, this collection of essays uncovers the ways in which the literature produced at the height of British imperialism was used to validate the national identity of the colonizer, and to justify domination of Other places like the Caribbean.
The contributors critique a wide range of verse and prose, revealing a literature that was very much a product of its time, but that was also responsible for contemporary and later conceptions of the Caribbean and other outposts of empire. While the critics in this volume demonstrate how such texts constructed and perpetuated the “fact” of superior British culture and civilization, they also apply to their literary interpretation a Caribbean experience of challenges associated with nation building and identity formation.
Postscripts follows Barbara Lalla’s Postcolonialisms, which offered Caribbean rereadings of English medieval verse. Like that earlier study, Postscripts addresses both scholars of English literature and literary history, and those of Caribbean and postcolonial studies, and speaks to a wide readership that spans cultures sharing a colonized or colonizing past.
Caribbean Postscripting of the British Canon
GISELLE RAMPAUL AND BARBARA LALLA
Dickens and Others: Metastance and Re-membering
“How Blest Am I . . . !”: Colonial Desire in Selected Poetry by John Donne
Recovering Nation, Recovering Woman: Shakespeare’s Cressida and the Imperial Attic
GENEVIEVE RUTH PHAGOO
Far-off Places and the Invention of Englishness: Rereading Robinson Crusoe as Romance
RHONDA KAREEN HARRISON
Froude, Kingsley and Trollope: Wandering Eyes in a Trinidadian Landscape
A Study of the Imperial Gaze: Jenkins’s Lutchmee and Dilloo: A Study of West Indian Life
J. VIJAY MAHARAJ
Strange Creatures and Fantastic Worlds: The Other in Selected Nineteenth-Century Children’s Texts