Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Shante P Smalls

Second Advisor

Raj G Chetty

Third Advisor

Anne E Geller

Abstract

Caribbean Literature is credited with the purpose of writing an existence for the people of the West Indies, or the Caribbean, with an identity outside of colonialism. The seminal novels by pivotal writers of the Caribbean such as C.L.R. James and George Lamming are groundbreaking texts that engage with the histories of Caribbean colonial subjects. These writers’ (among others) colonial educations are the foundation for their exiled writing and subsequent resistance to colonial education and antiblackness it spawns and fosters. In the Anglophone Caribbean, it is British colonial education that is the catalyst for this exile. This text explores the role of British colonial education in the exile of these writers, and what exile means for resistance. In that resistance, there is considerable evidence to suggest that the role of exile is gendered. Some women who were conditioned with British colonial educations prior to their immigration the United States were interviewed and their stories were analyzed through theories of exile, gendered resistance, and antiblackness.

Comments

Delayed Release (ProQuest): 2 years

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