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Type of Document Dissertation
Author DeGuzman, Kathleen Rose
URN etd-07102015-110937
Title Economies of Entanglement: Reading Radical Cultural Work in the Anglophone Caribbean and Victorian Britain
Degree PhD
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Colin Dayan Committee Chair
Houston A. Baker, Jr. Committee Member
Ifeoma Nwankwo Committee Member
James A. Epstein Committee Member
Rachel Teukolsky Committee Member
Keywords
  • victorian literature
  • anglophone literature
  • caribbean literature
  • caribbean literary studies
Date of Defense 2015-05-15
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
“Economies of Entanglement” argues that the Victorian period is an essential context for understanding anglophone Caribbean literature. It frames the ongoing relationship between Britain and the Caribbean in terms of entanglement – as both a historical condition installed by colonialism and an active intellectual practice that Caribbean and Victorian writers engage in to think critically about their linked yet asymmetrical reality. “Economies of Entanglement” examines a diverse range of Caribbean and Victorian texts – novels by George Lamming, Jean Rhys, Charlotte Brontë, and George Eliot, essays by John Ruskin and Jamaica Kincaid, and life writing by Mary Prince, Maria Nugent, and Mary Seacole – to show how colonial relations produce cultural workers with radically ambivalent attitudes toward the social, material, and aesthetic consequences of imperialism. Understanding these cultural workers forces a difficult yet necessary disruption of the disciplinary boundaries between Caribbean, Victorian, and postcolonial studies.
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