Caribbean creolization: reflections on the cultural dynamics by Marie-Agnes Sourieau, Kathleen M. Balutansky

By Marie-Agnes Sourieau, Kathleen M. Balutansky

Brings jointly well-liked writers from the English, French, Spanish and Dutch-speaking Caribbean in an exam of creolization and its impression upon the region's literary creation. the gathering seeks to redefine Caribbean id and aesthetics.

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From childhood, therefore, creoleness made me aware of the complex labyrinth of the family of humankind into which I was born in the twentieth century. I felt myself peculiarly involved with the tenants who threw their fictional stone at the Creole landlordinvolved in their deprivations and disadvantages. They were African Guyanese, East Indian Guyanese, sometimes poor white Portuguese Guyanese. The label Indian possesses half-static, half-kaleidoscopic proportions in the mind of the folk as if to bring the paradox of mixtures, of creoleness, into Carnival play.

It pictured self-deceptive (I would say) and peaceful occupations and environmentssheep rearing, woods, gentle fields, and the likefor it was dedicated to war. Within such panoramic clarity an invisible seed smoldered that would erupt into a flower of all-consuming fire and war. One needs more than a formal appropriation of Achilles' armor if one is to arrive within a capacity to lift an invisible seed of fire, within Hephaestian technology, into a trigger of simultaneous densities and transparencies.

The relationship becomes less and less an active ingredient in the multifaceted integrity and flexibility of nature and psyche. A bias grows which may profit from that hidden relationship in purely formal experimentation (Picasso's formal, let us say, appropriation of facets in the African mask); but unless a genuine cross-cultural apprehension occurs of the unfinished genesis of the imagination affecting past and present civilizations, an innermost apprehension of changing, cross-cultural content within frames we take for granted, the involuntary ground of association to which I have referred, remains between privileged and afflicted cultures.

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