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"We are the planet": incipient solidarities in Russell Banks's Continental Drift

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Entin,Joseph (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Mar 2012
Published:
Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN:
1089-7011
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, International relations, Economic conditions, Literature, Fiction, Haiti, Social conditions, Human rights, Banks and banking, Poor, Labor and laboring classes, Emigration and immigration
Notes:
Explores the way writers address the formation and fate of the contemporary American working class in an age of neoliberal globalization. Specifically, the essay examines Russell Banks's 1985 novel Continental Drift, which interweaves the stories of two characters who pull up stakes and head to Florida in search of a better life: an oil furnace repair man from New Hampshire and a young, single mother from Haiti.