Catastrophic History, Cyclonic Wreckage and Repair in William Gilbert’s The Hurricane and Diana McCaulay’s Huracan
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This chapter analyses the figurative reach of the hurricane in the work of two white Creole writers—Antiguan William Gilbert and Jamaican Diana McCaulay—as they confront the violence of Caribbean modernity, a history that Kamau Brathwaite characterizes as catastrophic. In Gilbert’s poem and part spiritual autobiography The Hurricane: A Theosophical and Western Eclogue (1796) and McCaulay’s novel Huracan (2012) racialized political and cultural vision is exercised in the imagining of recovery in the wake of “natural” disaster. Thomas addresses the scope and limits of repair as envisaged and mediated in plots of desire and romance in both texts.