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Caribbean SpacesEscapes from Twilight Zones$
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Carole Boyce Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038020

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038020.001.0001

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Reimagining the Caribbean

Reimagining the Caribbean

Seeing, Reading, Thinking

(p.33) 2 Reimagining the Caribbean
Caribbean Spaces

Carole Boyce Davies

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents the author's reflections about one of her journeys loaded with personal and epic meaning, from Grenada to Carriacou. Deliberately recapturing lost personal history, she retraces the journey that Avey makes in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow (1983). On the way, she learns from a feisty Jamaican writer that the turbulence one experiences, and to which Marshall gives epic meaning, is actually the result of volcanic action that is producing another island. She contemplates three frames of engagement in an exercise of seeing, reading, imagining, outside of the parameters we have been given, outside of the boundaries we assume, outside of the definitions we take as normative. Here theory and creativity will be allowed to collapse and collide.

Keywords:   Caribbean culture, Grenada, Carriacou, personal history, seeing, reading, imagining

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