Caribbean Cultural Identities
Glyne A. Griffith
Bucknell University Press, 2001 - History - 178 pages
"The eight essays in this edition analyze Caribbean culture less as commodity to be consumed than as ontological device and discursive tool/weapon."--BOOK JACKET.
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Page 169 - Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty ! make thick my blood ; Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose...
Page 163 - as a deconstructivist," I cannot recommend that kind of dichotomy at all, yet, I feel that definitions are necessary in order to keep us going, to allow us to take a stand. The only way that I can see myself making definitions is in a provisional and polemical one: I construct my definition as a woman not in terms of a woman's putative essence but in terms of words currently in use. "Man" is such a word in common usage.
Page 148 - A tapering, blunt-tipped, muscular, soft and fleshy organ describes (a) the penis. (b) the tongue. (c) neither of the above. (d) both of the above. In man the tongue is (a) the principal organ of taste. (b) the principal organ of articulate speech. (c) the principal organ of oppression and exploitation. (d) all of the above.
Page 26 - What strikes us in this judicial cruelty and in the joy the people felt at it, is rather brutality than perversity. Torture and executions are enjoyed by the spectators like an entertainment at a fair. The citizens of Mons bought a brigand, at far too high a price, for the pleasure of seeing him quartered, " at which the people rejoiced more than if a new holy body had risen from the dead.
Page 97 - His is the world of landlords to destitute tenants, open-all-hours corner grocers, owners of video shops, unskilled labour: In the swift journey between Tooting Bee and Balham, we re-lived the passage from India to Britain, or India to the Caribbean to Britain, the long journeys of a previous century across unknown seas towards the shame of plantation labour...
Page 163 - I cannot speak of feminism in general. I speak of what I do as a woman within literary criticism. My own definition of a woman is very simple: it rests on the word "man" as used in the texts that provide the foundation for the corner of the literary criticism establishment that I inhabit. You might say at this point, defining the word "woman" as resting on the word "man
Page 116 - The history of the Black Atlantic . . . continually criss-crossed by the movements of black people - not only as commodities but engaged in various struggles towards emancipation, autonomy and citizenship...