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Jerarquías que se repiten: El imaginario decolonial en el caribe contemporáneo

Marcelo Gomes Perez, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The literature produced between the late 20th and the 21st centuries in the Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean islands has exposed, criticized and transgressed racial, social and cultural hierarchies inherited from colonial rule through a decolonial perspective. Those hierarchies are reflected both internally on each individual island, and in the way these islands interact with each other. This dissertation explores the assertion that, in the past decades, Caribbean literature has taken upon itself the task of questioning and subverting such colonial systemic categorizations with an intent to decolonialize the dominant Antillean mentality and create a sense of solidarity between the islands. This sense of solidarity goes beyond the efforts of previous cultural and political movements that, according to Édouard Glissant, still presupposed a somewhat fixed identity based on a common African heritage. This study examines a corpus of 6 recent works that include Hispanic and Francophone authors, such as Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Edwidge Danticat, Patrick Chamoiseau, Junot Díaz, Maryse Condé, and Mayra Santos-Febres. These works provide a more nuanced perspective to our current understanding of the inherited legacy of colonialism, and its contemporary ramifications in the construction of cultural and personal identities in the Caribbean.

Subject Area

Caribbean Studies|Hispanic American studies|Latin American Studies|Caribbean literature|Comparative literature

Recommended Citation

Gomes Perez, Marcelo, "Jerarquías que se repiten: El imaginario decolonial en el caribe contemporáneo" (2022). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI29320814.