New Book: Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature

Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature (2012), edited by Joy Mahabir and Mariam Pirbhai, is a new collection on Indo-Caribbean women’s writing that has just been published in the Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures Series.

Description: This book is the first collection on Indo-Caribbean women’s writing and the first work to offer a sustained analysis of the literature from a range of theoretical and critical perspectives, such as ecocriticism, feminist, queer, post-colonial and Caribbean cultural theories. The essays not only lay the framework of an emerging and growing field, but also critically situate internationally acclaimed writers such as Shani Mootoo, Lakshmi Persaud and Ramabai Espinet within this emerging tradition.

Indo-Caribbean women writers provide a fresh new perspective in Caribbean literature, be it in their unique representations of plantation history, anti-colonial movements, diasporic identities, feminisms, ethnicity and race, or contemporary Caribbean societies and culture. The book offers a theoretical reading of the poetics, politics and cultural traditions that inform Indo-Caribbean women’s writing, arguing that while women writers work with and through postcolonial and Caribbean cultural theories, they also respond to a distinctive set of influences and realities specific to their positioning within the Indo-Caribbean community and the wider national, regional and global imaginary. Contributors visit the overlap between national and transnational engagements in Indo-Caribbean women’s literature, considering the writers’ response to local or nationally specific contexts, and the writers’ response to the diasporic and transnational modalities of Caribbean and Indo-Caribbean communities.

Joy Mahabir is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Suffolk County Community College of the State University of New York, U.S.A. She is the author of Miraculous Weapons: Revolutionary Ideology in Caribbean Culture (2003) and the novel Jouvert (2006).

Mariam Pirbhai is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She is the author of Mythologies of Migration, Vocabularies of Indenture: The Novels of the South Asian Diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific (2009).

[Photo above, left to right: Writer Lakshmi Persaud,  Joy Mahabir, and Mariam Pirbhai.]

For more information, see http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415509671/

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