Sea-ing Words: An Exploration of the Maritime in Contemporary Caribbean and Latino/a Literature
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CitationHey-Colon, Rebeca L. 2014. Sea-ing Words: An Exploration of the Maritime in Contemporary Caribbean and Latino/a Literature. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
AbstractMy dissertation Sea-ing Words: An Exploration of the Maritime in Contemporary Caribbean and Latino/a Literature analyzes how writers from the Spanish-speaking islands and their diaspora have moved past the ever elusive Pan-Antillean quest for unity, rooted in the acceptance of a foundational Trauma (with a capital T). The writers I examine venture to humanize the basin, highlighting the routes, exchanges, and negotiations that currently distinguish the region. In doing so, the idea of one edifying Trauma is displaced by the existence of multiple and individualized iterations. As marginalized discourses infiltrate the center, the flow of the conversation is altered, opening up spaces for new interactions. Through their uses of the maritime, these writers transform the sea into a stage from which new perspectives on Caribbean and Latino/a literature emanate.
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