Critical Caribbean Studies

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Race and Nation in Puerto Rican Folklore

Franz Boas and John Alden Mason in Porto Rico

Rutgers University Press

This book highlights Franz Boas’s historic trip to Puerto Rico in 1915, which included the documentation of oral folklore. On that trip, a rising anthropologist involved in the project, John Alden Mason, collected one of the largest oral folklore collections from any Spanish-speaking country or territory. The stories, many of them written by rural cultural informants, the Jibaros, offer an outstanding view of an early twentieth century Puerto Rican identity. 

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Far from Mecca

Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean

Rutgers University Press

Far from Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean is the first academic book on the fiction, poetry, and music of Islam and Muslims in the English-speaking Caribbean. Khan focuses on Guyana, Trinidad, and Jamaica to argue for a regional continuity of Afro- and Indo-Muslim historical and cultural presence.
 

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In Plenty and in Time of Need

Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity

Rutgers University Press

In Plenty and in Time of Need uses music and performance as sites of analysis for the competing ideals and realities of Barbadian national culture. The book demonstrates complex relations between national, gendered, and sexual identities in Barbados, and how these identities are represented and interpreted on a global stage.
 

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Beyond Representation in Contemporary Caribbean Art

Space, Politics, and the Public Sphere

Rutgers University Press

Beyond Representation in Contemporary Caribbean Art offers an innovative and systematic analysis of contemporary Caribbean art practices in the Francophone, Anglophone, and Hispanic Caribbean. Focusing on a broad range of artistic projects, the book assesses the potential of visual creativity to outline a unique approach to Caribbean visual practices based on individual and collective agency. 

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Phonographic Memories

Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel

Rutgers University Press

Phonographic Memories is the first book-length analysis of Caribbean popular music in the Caribbean novel. Tracing a region-wide poetics that attends to the centrality of Caribbean music in retrieving and replaying personal and cultural memories, Hamilton offers a fresh perspective on musical nationalism and nostalgic memory in the era of globalization.

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Becoming Creole

Nature and Race in Belize

Rutgers University Press

Taking the reader into the lived experience of Afro-Caribbean people who call the watery lowlands of Belize home, Melissa A. Johnson traces Belizean Creole peoples’ relationships with the plants, animals, water, and soils around them, and analyzes how these relationships intersect with transnational racial assemblages. 

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