Finding the Field: Notes on Caribbean Cultural Criticism, Area Studies, and the Forms of Engagement

  • Shalini Puri


Reflecting on the methodology of my book The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory, this chapter argues for the importance of fieldwork in Caribbean literary and cultural studies, seeks to carve a space for such fieldwork in literary-critical practice, and contributes to the development of a shared public discourse about fieldwork by articulating and refining the untheorized practices of fieldwork in the humanities. It situates literary fieldwork in relation to practices of literature, area studies, anthropology, and memory and trauma studies. For example, it explores how a study of place, scale, poetics, and everyday life can supplement traditional psychoanalytic models of memory and trauma studies; and it identifies the ways in which the author’s fieldwork on memory of the Grenada Revolution both originated in and extended literary studies.


Literary Criticism Oral History Cultural Memory Trauma Study Oral History Interview 
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  • Shalini Puri
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  1. 1.English DepartmtentUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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