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Caribbean Spaces and Anglophone World Literatures

Rupp, Jan

In: Anglia, 135 (2017), Nr. 1. pp. 140-158. ISSN 1865-8938 (Online-Ausg.), 0340-5222 (Druck-Ausg.)

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Caribbean writing in English highlights the call for a pluralization of world literature(s) in a double sense. It is produced in multiple Caribbean spaces, both domestic and diasporic, and it clearly stands for the extension of what used to be a rather small set of (Western) world literature. Moreover, not least as a legacy of the colonial New World/Old World distinction, visions of the world are at the heart of the Caribbean spatial imaginary as probed in many literary works. This article explores the trajectory of Caribbean spaces and Anglophone world literatures as a matter of migration and circulation, but also in terms of the symbolic translation by which experiences of movement and space are aesthetically mediated. Because of its global span across different locations Caribbean writing in English is constituted as world literature almost by definition. However, some works pursue a more circumscribed concern with domestic spaces and local artistic idioms, which affects their translatability and redefines a conventional ‘from national to world literature’ narrative.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Anglia
Volume: 135
Number: 1
Publisher: De Gruyter
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 15:29
Date: 2017
ISSN: 1865-8938 (Online-Ausg.), 0340-5222 (Druck-Ausg.)
Page Range: pp. 140-158
Faculties / Institutes: Neuphilologische Fakultät > Anglistisches Seminar
Subjects: 820 English and Old English literatures
Additional Information: Dieser Beitrag ist aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich. This publication is freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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