A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon
Kaiama L. Glover
Kaiama L. Glover is Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool University Press 2010).
Contents Acknowledgements Preface Part I Introduction: The Consequences of Ex-Centricity Part II Shifty/Shifting Characters 1. Beings Without Borders 2 Zombies Become Warriors 3. Productive Schizophrenia Part III Space-Time of the Spiral 4. Haiti Unbound? 5. Present-ing the Past 6. Haiti in the Whirl/World Part IV Showing vs. Telling 7. The Stylistics of Possession 8. Framing the Folk 9. Schizophonic Solutions Part V Conclusions: No Lack of Language Works Cited Index
In this compelling book, Glover charts the association of Caribbean stories with the performative interpersonal dimensions of krik krak, with the revisiting of epic historical memories in the present or the future, and with figures and fractured revenants like the zonbi, the schizophrenic, or conflictual marasa or twins. The spiral is a chameleon-like form: it can be conceptualized as a literary form or genre, as the hybrid African/New World cultural space of the genesis and reception of creole, or as the evanescence of ideological heroism into a fog of disputed memories.
Research in African Literatures, Volume 43 Number 3
Kaiama Glover’s stunning elucidation of Haitian Spiralist literature is a tour-de-force... If Spiralism itself constitutes the most magnificent cultural artifice of Haitian dystopia, Glover’s groundbreaking study is essential reading for those interested in exploring the limits of Caribbean expression achieved by these superb writers, and the volcanic intensity of the literary movement that has perhaps most fully expressed the ‘schizophonic’ beauty and horror of Haitian reality.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: December 8, 2010
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 15