Topographies of Caribbean Writing, Race, and the British Countryside

  • Joanna Johnson

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Joanna Johnson
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 175-190

About this book


How do Caribbean writers see the British countryside?  Do they feel included, ignored, marginalised?   In Topographies of Caribbean Writing, Race, and the British Countryside, Joanna Johnson shows how writers like Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Grace Nichols, Andrea Levy, and Caryl Phillips have very different and unexpected responses to this rural space.  Johnson demonstrates how Caribbean writing shows greater complexity and wider significance than accounts and understandings of the British countryside have traditionally admitted; at the same time, close examination of these works illustrates that complexity and ambiguity remain an essential part of these authors’ relationships with the British countrysides of their colonial or postcolonial imaginations. This study examines accepted norms and raises questions about urgent issues of belonging, Britishness, and Commonwealth identity.


Caribbean writing colonial and post-colonial Caribbean writers Derek Walcott V.S. Naipaul Jean Rhys British countryside Geocriticism literary spatial studies landscape studies rural literature urban literary studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Joanna Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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