Madness and Silence in Caryl Phillips’s A Distant Shore and In the Falling Snow

Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series


Ping Su explores madness and silence in Caryl Phillips’s A Distant Shore (2003) and In the Falling Snow (2009) by focusing on two characters: Dorothy in the former and Earl in the latter. This chapter shows that both Dorothy’s and Earl’s feelings of insecurity and extreme loneliness lead them to suffer a common condition: abandonment neurosis. As a result, they both adopt silence as a coping strategy. Surprisingly perhaps, their withdrawal into madness is represented as a step toward self-restoration and self-healing. Therefore, this chapter argues that madness and silence, rather than reflecting a passive and submissive position, can be read as active strategies of resistance and subject formation, suggesting the author’s ambivalent attitude toward them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ping Su
    • 1
  1. 1.Sun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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