Myth and History in Caribbean Fiction: Alejo Carpentier, Wilson Harris, and Edouard Glissant

Barbara J. Webb

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Synopsis: At a time of growing interest in postcolonial writing, this volume offers a comparative study of three major Caribbean novelists: Alejo Carpentier, Wilson Harris, and Edouard Glissant. Despite differences of language and background, these writers from Cuba, Guyana and Martinique have much in common. Each has written extensively on the shared heritage of the peoples of the Caribbean and each has been influential in redefining the poetics of the novel in the context of New World culture. Barbara J. Webb shows how these writers use the myths and legends that arose from the clash of Amerindian, African, and European cultures in the New World as vehicles for historical inquiry. Their fiction can be seen as creative explorations of a violent history of rupture and exploitation and of the possibility of new beginnings. Through close readings of ten novels, Webb examines how Carpentier, Harris and Glissant interpret such folk traditions as the maroon legends, the myth of El Dorado and carnival in their different approaches to problems of cultural identity, historical reality, and literary creativity.

From Library Journal: This comparative study of ten novels by three Caribbean novelists explores how these writers challenge the reliability of the conventional history set forth by their colonial masters. To claim their own space in history, they have turned to the myths of their countries to find symbolic expressions of historic experiences. This study examines their interpretation and use of the maroon legends, the myth of El Dorado, and other myths, fables, and legends in their fiction. Webb analyzes their differing interpretations and concepts of history. Yet, despite their coming from different countries and speaking three different languages, these writers exhibit a community of myth and legend in their works, indicating that the fragmented Caribbean nations are a community united by a common heritage. Recommended for academic libraries.
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