By Brinda J Mehta
Indo-Caribbean ladies writers are almost invisible within the literary panorama due to cultural and social inhibitions and literary chauvinism. until eventually lately, the richness and particularities of the stories of those writers within the box of literature and literary experiences have been compromised through stereotypical representations of the Indo-Caribbean girls that have been narrated from a in simple terms masculine or an Afrocentric viewpoint. This booklet fills a huge hole in an immense yet underestimated emergent box. The publication explores how cultural traditions and feminine modes of competition to patriarchal regulate have been transplanted from India and rearticulated within the Indo-Caribbean diaspora to figure out no matter if the assumption of cultural continuity is, in truth, a postcolonial fact or a fictionalized delusion. kala pani, to Trinidad and Guyana supplied braveness, selection, self-reliance and sexual independence to their literary granddaughters who in flip used the kala pani because the valuable language and body of connection with place Indo-Caribbean woman subjectivity with equating writing as a pubic statement of one's id and correct to assert artistic organization. The ebook is of severe curiosity to these attracted to twentieth-century literary stories, Caribbean reviews, gender reports, ethnic stories and cultural reviews.
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The book is divided into six chapters, each dealing with a particular facet of Indo-Caribbean life in a colonial and postcolonial context and its impact on issues of female identity, sexuality, Caribbean feminisms, oral culture, communal affiliations, exile, intellectual colonization and the positing of a woman-friendly decolonized Indo-Caribbean historical specificity. The chapters highlight the simultaneous overlapping and interconnectedness of the social, political, cultural and religious forces that have shaped the complexities of Indo-Caribbean female subjectivity.
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