Publisher: University of Virginia Press; Reprint edition (February 17, 2011)
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The Purloined Islands bargains the 1st book-length exploration of literary and cultural exchanges among the USA and the Caribbean throughout the approximately eighty-year interval in their maximum interplay, from the shut of the Spanish-American struggle to the Cuban Revolution. The interconnected histories of colonization, migration, slavery, and political fight thrust writers from either areas right into a vivid literary dialog throughout nationwide borders. Jeff Karem charts this discussion and its styles of impact via an research of key literary and cultural resources in English, French, and Spanish, together with a wide physique of infrequent archival evidence.What the writer identifies during this wide-ranging alternate is the Caribbean’s very important contribution not just to the literatures of the yankee hemisphere but additionally to the literary and highbrow tradition of the U.S. itself. particularly, he indicates how such routine as pan-Africanism, the recent Negro Renaissance, and pan-American modernism have major Caribbean roots, even supposing the USA has usually didn't realize them, successfully "purloining" these assets with out acknowledgment. As his title’s allusion to Poe’s "The Purloined Letter" indicates, Karem argues that the contributions of the Caribbean were borrowed, appropriated, and nationalized through U.S. tradition yet are hidden in simple sight.Both its multilingual personality and its emphasis at the reciprocity in cultural cross-currents will make the booklet of curiosity to readers not just in Caribbean and American cultural and literary reviews but additionally in pan-American or border reports, Black Atlantic reviews, and African American experiences.