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Alienation and Displacement in Caribbean Literary and Oral Texts

Thursday, March 7, 2024 1:00 pm


Stories of Exile: Alienation and Displacement in Caribbean Literary and Oral Texts

Thursday, March 7 @ 1 pm

 

This presentation will explore the literary works of NourbeSe Philip and Edwidge Danticat as well as the musical poetics of Bob Marley. The theme of exile pervades these Caribbean texts, whether literary or oral, due to the multiple displacement that Caribbean subjects, particularly those from the African diaspora, have experienced due to the disconnection from ancestral lands and language. The Trinidadian Canadian writer NourbeSe Philip, for instance, represents the physical and linguistic exile Caribbean people face when forcibly removed from their African motherland and mother tongues as result of the transatlantic slave trade. Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian American writer, conveys the exile Caribbean people experience because of American imperialism resulting in social, economic, and political destabilization, which compels the migration of refugees across the Caribbean seas. Bob Marley, in turn, addresses the impact of colonial ideologies that rupture one’s sense of self, creating an alienation from African cultural identity and a continued exile within Western structures of belief.
Presented by Stacy J. Lettman, Ph.D. (she/her), Associate Professor, Department of English, Florida Atlantic University.

 

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Stories of Exile: Alienation and Displacement in Caribbean Literary and Oral Texts

Organizer: Isabella Rowan
Email: isabella.rowan@delraylibrary.org