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Regional Discourses on Society and History

Shaping the Caribbean

Edited By Jerome Teelucksingh and Shane Pantin

This book thematically analyses and surveys areas of Caribbean history and society. The work is divided into three parts: part one addresses migration and identity; part two explores policy and development; and part three explores music and literature. The volume places a fresh perspective on these topics. The essays depart from the usual broader themes of politics, economics and society and provide a deeper insight into forces that left a decisive legacy on aspects of the Caribbean region. Such contributions come at a time when some of the Caribbean territories are marking over 50 years as independent nation states and attempting to create, understand and forge ways of dealing with critical national and regional issues. The volume brings together a broad group of scholars writing on Caribbean issues including postgraduate students, lecturers, and researchers. Each chapter is thematically divided into the aforementioned areas. This book addresses areas much deeper than the linear historical and social science models, and it offers Caribbean academics and researchers a foundation for further research.

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12. Re-reading Historical Forces: Slavery and Its Vestiges in Afro-Hispanic Culture in Mayra Santos Febres’ Fe en disfraz (Nicole Roberts)


12. Re-reading Historical Forces: Slavery and Its Vestiges in Afro-Hispanic Culture in Mayra Santos Febres’ Fe en disfraz

Nicole Roberts

How something is seen I suppose depends on whose eyes are looking at it.

Langston Hughes

The past two decades have marked the discourse on modes of sexual and racial identification emerging out of imaginative literature, scholarly essays/articles, and has become a more central political mechanism of social and psychological change in the Caribbean. This context of change is seen in the proliferation of publications by women, including women of colour and an increase in the scholarly articles and book-length studies on women writers. Moreover, the present-day conceptual visibility and accessibility of racial difference in the Hispanic Caribbean is heightened and informs curricula at many universities and colleges across the Caribbean and the United States of America. However, much can still be said about this group and its impact on the culture of the countries of the Hispanic Caribbean which still has a very complex, ambiguous and oftentimes contradictory attitude when treating with its darker-hued citizens. More importantly, the historical importance of people of colour to the Hispanic Caribbean is still to be clearly and completely understood so as to assess the impact of this group of people and the ways in which they have shaped and continue to shape identity and consciousness across the Hispanic Caribbean thus informing knowledge.

In terms of Hispanic literature, nowhere is black identity more...

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