The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature

The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature

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Hardcover, Univ of Minnesota Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780816679836, ISBN10 0816679835
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Hardcover, Univ of Minnesota Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780816679836, ISBN10 0816679835


The ubiquitous presence of food and hunger in Caribbean writing--from folktales, fiction, and poetry to political and historical treatises--signals the traumas that have marked the Caribbean from the Middle Passage to the present day. "The Tropics Bite Back" traces the evolution of the Caribbean response to the colonial gaze (or rather the colonial mouth) from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Unlike previous scholars, Valerie Loichot does not read food simply as a cultural trope. Instead, she is interested in literary cannibalism, which she interprets in parallel with theories of relation and creolization.

For Loichot, "the culinary" is an abstract mode of resistance and cultural production. The Francophone and Anglophone authors whose works she interrogates--including Patrick Chamoiseau, Suzanne Cesaire, Aime Cesaire, Maryse Conde, Edwidge Danticat, edouard Glissant, Lafcadio Hearn, and Dany Laferriere--"bite back" at the controlling images of the cannibal, the starved and starving, the cunning cook, and the sexualized octoroon with the ultimate goal of constructing humanity through structural, literal, or allegorical acts of ingesting, cooking, and eating.

"The Tropics Bite Back" employs cross-disciplinary methods to rethink notions of race and literary influence by providing a fresh perspective on forms of consumption both metaphorical and material.

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Number of Pages: 243
Original Languages: English
Author: Loichot, Valerie
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
Publication Date: April, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780816679836
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.75 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0816679835
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