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Keith Sandiford's study examines the importance of sugar as a central metaphor in the work of six influential authors of the colonial West Indies. Sugar, he argues, became a focus for cultural desires as well as a hard fact of the Caribbean's political economy. Sandiford defines this metaphorical turn as a trope of "negotiation" that organizes the structure and content of the narratives. Based on extensive historical knowledge of the period and recent postcolonial theory, this book suggests the possibilities negotiation offers in the continuing recovery of West Indian intellectual history.Read more
- Provides critical readings of six influential writers of colonial West Indies
- Based on extensive historical knowledge as well as postcolonial theory
- Focuses on a period and area relatively understudied; should generate great interest among scholars on colonial discourse and postcolonial theory
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"Sandiford brings the analysis of metropolitan writings about colonized regions to the Caribbean,...analyz[ing] the works of six metroplitan writers from the 17th to the 19th centuries." Choice
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- Date Published: July 2000
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521642330
- length: 228 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Ligon: 'Sweete negotiation'
2. Rochefort: French collusions to negotiate
3. Grainger: creolizing the muse
4. Schaw: a 'saccharocracy' of virtue
5. Beckford: the aesthetics of negotiation
6. Lewis: personalizing the 'negotium'
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