What it means to stay: reterritorialising the Black Atlantic in Erna Brodber's writing of the local

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Abstract

The emphasis on migratory subjectivities within postcolonial studies has come from many directions - Bhabha, Gilroy, Appadurai, Boyce Davies - and their convergence has created a critical practice in which diaspora studies takes centre stage. More specifically the way in which the Caribbean person is given emblematic status as the metropolitan migrant is made clear in James Clifford's declaration that 'We are all Caribbeans now…in our urban archipelagos'. This paper examines the serious impact on the critical reception of Caribbean writings that has been made as a result of the fact that metropolitan diasporas are now the privileged places in which to be properly 'postcolonial'. It is my aim to show how Erna Brodber's culturally specific studies have enormous value in the face of the more general and flattened enunciations of diaspora and creolisation which are being circulated at a theoretical level. I shall look at two fairly recent pieces of writing by Brodber: a pamphlet entitled 'The people of my Jamaican village (1817-1948)' and an essay entitled 'Where are all the others?' in the book Caribbean Creolisation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-486
Number of pages8
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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