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Caribbean Waves: Relocating Claude McKay and Paule Marshall (Blacks in the Diaspora) Hardcover – September 22, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0253335692 ISBN-10: 0253335698 Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Blacks in the Diaspora
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; 1St Edition edition (September 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253335698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253335692
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,057,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Considering two prominent African Caribbean immigrant authors who lived in the US, Hathaway provides a thought-provoking volume for the Blacks in the Diaspora series. Claude McKay (1890, 1948) was a first-generation Jamaican immigrant—or migrant—who had difficulty settling anywhere. He lived in Europe and Africa but also participated in the Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900s, producing poetry and novels. Paule Marshall (b. 1929), a second-generation Barbadian immigrant, tries to bridge or reconcile cross-cultural differences through several novels about personal freedom. Hathaway skillfully contrasts the two authors from different generations of postcolonial writing, stressing their treatment of resistance or affirmation, fragmentation and marginality or transformation, exploitation and alienation or connection and reconciliation. The author poses several intriguing questions for further research about ethnic, literary and cultural classifications amidst social struggle. Recent complementary studies include Myriam Chancy's Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (CH, Feb'98);Caribbean Women Writers, ed. by Mary Condé (Conde) and Thorunn Lonsdale (CH, Jul'99); and Louis James's Caribbean Literature in English (CH, Sep'99). Recommended for all libraries." —M. V. Ekstrom, St. John Fisher College, Choice, April 2000

(M. V. Ekstrom, St. John Fisher College Choice 2000-01-00)

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Heather Hathaway is an Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University.

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