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Author Harney, Stefano, 1962-

Title Nationalism and identity : culture and the imagination in a Caribbean diaspora / Stefano Harney
Published Kingston [Jamaica] : University of the West Indies ; London ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Zed Books, 1996

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Description 216 pages ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Beyond Nationalism: Literary Nation-building in the Work of Earl Lovelace and Michael Anthony -- 2. Men Go Have Respect For All O' We: Valerie Belgrave's Invention of Trinidad -- 3. Willi Chen and Carnival Nationalism in Trinidad -- 4. Samuel Selvon and the Chronopolitics of a Diasporic Nationalism -- 5. Neil Bissoondath and Migrant Liberation from the Nation -- 6. V.S. Naipaul and the Pitfalls of Nationalism -- 7. C.L.R. James and Egalitarian Nationalism in the Caribbean -- Conclusion: Mud Mas: Playing Identity
Summary The nation-state of Trinidad and Tobago offers a unique case for the study of the forces and ideologies of nationalism. This book reveals how this ethnically diverse nation (40% African origin, 40-45% East Indian origin, plus those of Syrian, Chinese, Portuguese, French and English descent), independent for less than forty years, has provided fertile ground for the creative tension between the imagination of the writer in his or her search for a habitable text of identity and the official discourse on nationalism in Trinidad and Tobago. This discourse has in turn been embedded in a struggle that propels the nation's story. Following on from this background, the study examines the changes and influences on the sense of nationalism and peoplehood caused by migration and the ethnicization of migrant communities in the metropoles
Adding to the comparative tone of much of this book, models of nationalism and ethnicity, often based on other societies, are tested against the imaginings of Trinidad by such essayists as V S Naipaul, C L R James, Willi Chen, Valerie Belgrave and Earl Lovelace
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and index
Subject Trinidadian and Tobagonian literature (English) -- History and criticism.
Caribbean literature (English) -- History and criticism.
West Indians -- Foreign countries -- Intellectual life.
National characteristics in literature.
Nationalism in literature.
Trinidad and Tobago -- Intellectual life.
LC no. 95040974
ISBN 185649375X (hb)
1856493768 (pb)