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Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

On the Edge

  • Bénédicte Ledent
  • Evelyn O'Callaghan
  • Daria Tunca

Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)

About this book

Introduction

This collection takes as its starting point the ubiquitous representation of various forms of mental illness, breakdown and psychopathology in Caribbean writing, and the fact that this topic has been relatively neglected in criticism, especially in Anglophone texts, apart from the scholarship devoted to Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). The contributions to this volume demonstrate that much remains to be done in rethinking the trope of “madness” across Caribbean literature by local and diaspora writers. This book asks how focusing on literary manifestations of apparent mental aberration can extend our understanding of Caribbean narrative and culture, and can help us to interrogate the norms that have been used to categorize art from the region, as well as the boundaries between notions of rationality, transcendence and insanity across cultures. 

Keywords

Mental illness Trauma Madness Neurosis Colonization Diaspora Caryl Phillips Class Gender Junot Díaz Ecocriticism Jamaica Kincaid Colonial Marlon James Kei Miller Merle Collins

Editors and affiliations

  • Bénédicte Ledent
    • 1
  • Evelyn O'Callaghan
    • 2
  • Daria Tunca
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.University of the West IndiesBridgetownBarbados
  3. 3.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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