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Cannibal WritesEating Others in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Women's Writing$
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Njeri Githire

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038785

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038785.001.0001

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Cannibal Writes

Njeri Githire

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book explores the preeminence of alimentary-related tropes—particularly cannibalism—and their political significance in the works of select Caribbean and Indian Ocean women writers. These women include Monique Agénor of the Reunion Island; Lindsey Collen, a Mauritian writer of South African background; Maryse Condé of Guadeloupe; Edwidge Danticat, an American writer whose Haitian roots inspire most of her works; Andrea Levy, an English writer of Jamaican descent; Marie-Thérèse Humbert of Mauritius; and Gisèle Pineau, a French writer of Guadeloupean parentage. These writers were chosen based on the significance they have given to metaphors of (non)eating and incorporation to express social, cultural, economic, and political processes through which relations of power are drawn and perpetuated.

Keywords:   cannibalism, women writers, Monique Agénor, Lindsey Collen, Maryse Condé, Edwidge Danticat, Andrea Levy, Marie-Thérèse Humbert, Gisèle Pineau, alimentary tropes

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