Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary - New World Studies (Paperback)Nadege T. Clitandre (author)
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In Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary, Nadege T. Clitandre offers a comprehensive analysis of Danticat's exploration of the dialogic relationship between nation and diaspora. Clitandre argues that Danticat-moving between novels, short stories, and essays-articulates a diasporic consciousness that acts as a form of social, political, and cultural transformation at the local and global level. Using the echo trope to approach Danticat's narratives and subjects, Clitandre effectively navigates between the reality of diaspora and imaginative opportunities that diasporas produce. Ultimately, Clitandre calls for a reconstitution of nation through a diasporic imaginary that informs the way people who have experienced displacement view the world and imagine a more diverse, interconnected, and just future.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 264
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Edwidge Danticat offers the only full-length interpretive literary analysis of the corpus of one of the most important and celebrated Caribbean writers in the diaspora today. A wonderful critical contribution, the book offers a sustained and historicized analysis of the works of a renowned author while at the same time it successfully recalibrates our understanding of diaspora and postcolonial studies.--Carine M. Mardorossian, University at Buffalo, SUNY, author of Framing the Rape Victim: Gender and Agency Reconsidered
Cutting across disciplinary divides, Nad ge Clitandre situates her erudite and intuitive reading of Edwidge Danticat's work within the larger framework of 'glocalization' that shaped the Haitian writer's diasporic consciousness. Wide-ranging and discerning, this book succeeds brilliantly in weaving together texts and contexts, biography and social analysis, critique and appreciation to yield a fine piece of scholarship destined to remain the gold standard on the subject for a long time.--Manfred B. Steger, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawai'i and Adjunct Professor of Global Studies, Western Sydney University