INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN HUMANIDADES Y CIENCIAS SOCIALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Notes on the Caribbean essay from an archipelagic perspective (Kamau Brathwaite, Édouard Glissant and Antonio Benítez Rojo)
Instituto de Estudios del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico
Lugar: San Juan; Año: 2015 vol. 43 p. 147 - 147
The article analyzes the construction of a Caribbeanist discourse in the region?s cultural essay by looking at the work of three recognized authors from three different linguistic blocs: Édouard Glissant (1928-2011), Antonio Benítez Rojo (1931-2005) and Kamau Brathwaite (1930-). According to the drive for symbolic integration that their essays on Caribbean culture show, the region´s literature constitutes itself as a complex weave of shared symbols, figures and notions and a dense network of intellectual relations which crosses linguistic and national barriers. It is the production of an essay ´in a certain kind of way´ that the writers share: an ´archipelagic´ kind of way in which the recurrence of aquatic metaphors -a legacy from founders of Caribbeanness like Aimé Césaire- allow writers to inscribe a regional (decolonizing) imprint in postmodern thought, affiliating themselves -even when the revolutionary spirit is long gone- with the decolonizing thrust of ´the long sixties´.