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Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Chancy,Myriam J. A. (Author)
Publication Date:
Philadelphia: Temple University Press
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Authors, Literature, Women, History and criticism (genre, time periods, etc.), Expatriation
246 p, Home. Exile. Return. Words heavy with meaning and passion. For Myriam Chancy, these three themes animate the lives and writings of dispossessed Afro-Caribbean women. Understanding exile as flight from political persecution or types of oppression that single out women, Chancy concentrates on diasporic writers and filmmakers who depict the vulnerability of women to poverty and exploitation in their homelands and their search for safe refuge. These Afro-Caribbean feminists probe the complex issues of race, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class that limit women's lives. They portray the harsh conditions that all too commonly drive women into exile, depriving them of security and a sense of belonging in their adopted countries—the United States, Canada, or England.