Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day


February 2nd, 2021



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Caribbean Globalizations explores the relations between globalization and the Caribbean since 1492, when Columbus first arrived in the region, to the present day. It aims to help change prevalent ways of thinking, not only about the Caribbean archipelago as a complex field of historical enquiry and cultural production, but also about the nature of globalization. It argues that the region has long been – and remains – a theatre of conflict between, as well as a site of emergence for, different forms of globalization. It thereby offers the opportunity to focus research and debate across the interdisciplinary spectrum by reflecting upon and re-imagining the idea of globalization in a specifically Caribbean context. It does so at a time when the Caribbean is urgently rethinking its own identity and place in a world where the Western economic model of globalization is more in question than ever. With contributors including Patrick Chamoiseau, Christopher Miller, Mimi Sheller and Charles Forsdick, this book will be required reading for all scholars working in Caribbean Studies.


'Caribbean Globalizations offers rich, innovative and cutting edge contributions to ongoing debates about the necessity to reexamine the Caribbean’s complex authenticities, entangled histories, imagined discourses, multifaceted cultures, and postplantation economic and political systems as they relate to the globalized world... it will be valuable to scholars and students in Globalization Studies, Comparative Caribbean Cultural Studies, Francophone Studies, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies, and New World Studies.'
Anny Dominique Curtius, University of Iowa

'The volume is commendable for offering a dialogized, balanced view of Western and Caribbean perspectives on the Caribbean, of vital importance to globalization and postcolonial studies.'
Foara Adhikari, Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies

'Fumagalli succeeds in bringing the multilayered cultural-political history of the Haitian–Dominican border to the fore while refusing to comply “with the idea that an acceptable future is unattainable” (p. 391).'
Philip Kaisary, New West Indian Review

Author Information

Eva Sansavior is Lecturer in French at the University of Limerick and the author of Maryse Condé and the Space of Literature (Legenda, 2012). Richard Scholar is Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages at Oriel College, Oxford. His previous books include The Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi in Early Modern Europe: Encounters with a Certain Something (OUP, 2005).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Prologue: Globalization, Globality, Globe-Stone11
I Globalizations in the Making41
1 The Archipelago Goes Global: Late Glissant and the Early Modern Isolario43
2 How Globalization Invented Indians in the Caribbean68
3 Precocious Modernity: Environmental Change in the Early Caribbean93
4 ‘Slaves’ in My Family: French Modes of Servitude in the New World115
5 Paradoxical Encounters: The Essay as a Space of Globalization in Montaigne’s ‘Des Cannibales’ and Maryse Condé’s ‘O Brave New World’137
II The Complex Present163
6 Tobacco: The Commodification of the Caribbean and the Origins of Globalization165
7 The Amaranth Paradigm: Amerindian Indigenous Glocality in the Caribbean183
8 Aluminium: Globalizing Caribbean Mobilities, Caribbeanizing Global Mobilities199
9 Race and Modernity in Hispaniola: Tropical Matters and Development Perspectives213
10 Local, National, Regional, Global: Glissant and the Postcolonial Manifesto237
11 Tropical Apocalypse: Globalization and the Caribbean End Times256