The Caribbean Postcolonial

Social Equality, Post/Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity

  • Authors
  • Shalini Puri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Shalini Puri
      Pages 1-15
  3. Critique and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
  4. Alternatives and Aesthetics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-300

About this book


Drawing on the long and varied history of discourses of cultural hybridity across the caribbean, this book explores the rich and fraught cultural crossings that are often theorized homogeneously in postcolonial studies as 'hybridity'. What is the relationship of cultural hybridity to social equality? Why have some forms of hybridity been enshrined in the caribbean imagination and others disavowed? What is the appeal of cultural hybridity to nationalist and post-nationalist projects alike? What can we learn from the hybridization of Afro-caribbean and Indo-caribbean cultures set in motion by slavery and indentureship? In answering these questions, this book intervenes in several important debates in postcolonial studies about cultural resistance and popular agency, feminism and cultural nationalism, the relations between postmodernism and postcolonialism, and the status of nationalism in an age of globalization.


Caribbean globalization Postcolonial Studies postmodernism realism

Bibliographic information