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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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“Changing Locations”

“Changing Locations”

Literary Pathways of Caribbean Migration

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Caribbean Spaces

Carole Boyce Davies

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes literary examples of issues of migration. Capturing the dynamics of migration via song, poem, play, film, or novel has been consistently a theme in the Caribbean experience and is perhaps one of its central aesthetic features. Just as movement is a central component of the blues aesthetic in the African American cultural field, the chapter proposes that the assumption of space in the Caribbean be read as similarly potent. Although there are several literary movements, the chapter focuses on two visible largely Anglophone locations, two pathways among a variety of possible entry points to this discussion. It begins by considering the work of Claude McKay, the signature writer of the Caribbean encounter with the United States and the beginning of Caribbean diaspora formation.

Keywords:   Caribbean culture, migration, Claude McKay, diaspora

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