Elina Valovirta

Sexual Feelings

Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women’s Writing Through Affect

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    Auteur Elina Valovirta
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Association de Boccard

    The present book offers a reader-theoretical model for approaching anglophone Caribbean women’s writing through affects, emotions, and feelings related to sexuality, a prominent theme in the literary tradition. How does an affective framework help us read this tradition of writing that is so preoccupied with sexual feelings? The novelists discussed in the book – chiefly Erna Brodber, Opal Palmer Adisa, Edwidge Danticat, Shani Mootoo, and Oonya Kempadoo – are representative of various anglophone Caribbean island cultures and English-speaking back¬grounds. The study makes astute use of the theoretical writings of such scholars as Sara Ahmed, Milton J. Bennett, Sue Campbell, Linden Lewis, Evelyn O’Callaghan, Lizabeth Paravisini – Gebert, Lynne Pearce, Elspeth Probyn, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Rei Terada, as well as the critical writings of Adisa, Brodber, Kempadoo, to shape an individual, focused argument. The works of the creative artists treated, and this volume, hold sexuality and emo¬tions to be vital for meaning-production and knowledge-negotiation across diffe¬rences (be they culturally, geographi¬cally or otherwise marked) that chal¬lenge the postcolonial reading process.

    Contents Acknowledgements 1. Sexual Feelings Beside(s) Each Other: Reading and Situating Caribbean (Literary) Sexualities 2. Reading the Ambivalence of Sexuality in Transition: Erna Brodber and Oonya Kempadoo 3. Ways of Reading Sexual Shame, Violence, and Pain: Edwidge Danticat, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Erna Brodber 4. Communities That Heal – Reading Sexual Healing: Edwidge Danticat, Opal Palmer Adisa, Erna Brodber, and Shani Mootoo 5. Shadow(ing) Men – Visions of Caring Masculinities: Erna Brodber, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Shani Mootoo 6. ‘Caribbean Passion’ – The Hypersexual and the Asexual Woman as Reparative Tropes: Opal Palmer Adisa and Erna Brodber 7. Sisters Together and Apart: Towards an Affective Phenomenology of Reading Works Cited Index

    Elina Valovirta is a Post-Doctoral Fellow employed by the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) and stationed in the Department of English, University of Turku, Finland. She has published on Caribbean women’s writing in English, feminist pedagogy, and cultural studies.

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2014-10-01
    Nbr Pages Arabes 217
    Collection Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3860-8
    Type Nom