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The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective [Hardcover]

Antonio Benitez-Rojo , James E. Maraniss


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May 1992 Post-Contemporary Interventions
In this second edition of The Repeating Island, Antonio Benitez-Rojo, a master of the historical novel, short story, and critical essay, continues to confront the legacy and myths of colonialism. This co-winner of the 1993 MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize has been expanded to include three entirely new chapters that add a Lacanian perspective and a view of the carnivalesque to an already brilliant interpretive study of Caribbean culture. As he did in the first edition, Benitez-Rojo redefines the Caribbean by drawing on history, economics, sociology, cultural anthropology, psychoanalysis, literary theory, and nonlinear mathematics. His point of departure is chaos theory, which holds that order and disorder are not the antithesis of each other in nature but function as mutually generative phenomena. Benitez-Rojo argues that within the apparent disorder of the Caribbean--the area's discontinuous landmasses, its different colonial histories, ethnic groups, languages, traditions, and politics--there emerges an island of paradoxes that repeats itself and gives shape to an unexpected and complex sociocultural archipelago. Benitez-Rojo illustrates this unique form of identity with powerful readings of texts by Las Casas, Guillen, Carpentier, Garcia Marquez, Walcott, Harris, Buitrago, and Rodriguez Julia.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr (Tx) (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822312255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822312253
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 16.5 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,607,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chaos theory claims that within the disorder represented by nature, there are repeating regularities. Cuban writer Benitez-Rojo uses this premise to argue that, despite the Caribbean's disorder of geography, language, and politics, a repeating order exists. As a historian and literary critic, the author examines the writings of Bartolome de las Casas, Nicolas Guillen, Fernando Ortiz, Alejo Carpentier, and others. The result is a redefinition of the Caribbean culture. Benitez-Rojo (Romance languages, Amherst) is the author of numerous works of fiction and criticism. Recommended for scholars.
- Joanne Snapp, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Benitez-Rojo . . . has created an immensely rich and original book. . . . "The Repeating Island" is driven by a need, unstated but pressing . . . to turn the scholarship on the Caribbean inside out." --Barbara Einzig, "Voice Literary Supplement" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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