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Race Fundamentalism: Caribbean Theater and the Challenge to Black Diaspora

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Chetty,Raj (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2013
URL:
http://search.proquest.com/docview/1428427859/fulltextPDF/37A2C2308C1542AEPQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
Washington: University of Washington
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Jamaica, Blacks, Dominican Republic, Literature, Carnivals and festivals, Theater, Communications, performance, Black Jacobins
Notes:
223 p., This dissertation engages with radical Caribbean theater as a crucial literary archive that is nonetheless underexplored as an expression of political culture and thought. The theoretical grounding of the chapters emerges from the analytically generative thrust of a comment by C. L. R. James in The Black Jacobins: "to neglect the racial factor as merely incidental is an error only less grave than to make it fundamental." While the phrase asserts that race cannot be neglected, it also cautions against ensconcing race as fundamental analytical priority, suggesting a powerfully fluid conceptualization of radical political culture. Argues that radical theater projects in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic share this fluid conceptualization of radical politics with the Trinidadian James's own stage versions of the Haitian Revolution.