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The Post-Columbus Syndrome

Identities, Cultural Nationalism, and Commemorations in the Caribbean

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Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction—The Post-Columbus Syndrome: A Comparative Approach to Caribbean Memory in the Longue Durée

  3. Post-Columbus Systems of Memory: Recycling Heritage in the Caribbean

  4. Anamnesis Caribensis: Columbus in 1992

  5. Conclusion: Toward an Archipelagic Memory

    1. Fabienne Viala
      Pages 229-233
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-282

About this book


Reflecting on the relationship between memory, power, and national identity, this book examines the complex reactions of the people of the Caribbean to the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the New World. Viala analyzes the ways in which Columbus became a reservoir of metaphors to confront anxieties of the present with myths of the past.


Caribbean Haiti identity national identity

About the authors

Fabienne Viala is Associate Professor of Hispanic and Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

Bibliographic information


“In The Post-Columbus Syndrome, Fabienne Viala takes the reader on a tour de force of the Caribbean’s history, politics and art, using the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas as its focal point of analysis. … The book’s seamless flow through several art forms and genres constitutes one of its greatest merits: the reader engages with Haitian novels, theatre in Martinique, Jamaican dub poetry and performative arts in Puerto Rico, amongst others.” (Jorge Sarasola, OCCT Oxford Comparative Criticism Translation,, June, 2018)