In this second edition of "The Repeating Island," Antonio
Bentez-Rojo, a master of the historical novel, short story, and
critical essay, continues to confront the legacy and myths of
colonialism. This co-winner of the 1993 MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs
Prize has been expanded to include three entirely new chapters that
add a Lacanian perspective and a view of the carnivalesque to an
already brilliant interpretive study of Caribbean culture. As he
did in the first edition, Bentez-Rojo redefines the Caribbean by
drawing on history, economics, sociology, cultural anthropology,
psychoanalysis, literary theory, and nonlinear mathematics. His
point of departure is chaos theory, which holds that order and
disorder are not the antithesis of each other in nature but
function as mutually generative phenomena. Bentez-Rojo argues that
within the apparent disorder of the Caribbean-the area's
discontinuous landmasses, its different colonial histories, ethnic
groups, languages, traditions, and politics-there emerges an
"island" of paradoxes that repeats itself and gives shape to an
unexpected and complex sociocultural archipelago. Bentez-Rojo
illustrates this unique form of identity with powerful readings of
texts by Las Casas, Guilln, Carpentier, Garca Mrquez, Walcott,
Harris, Buitrago, and Rodrguez Juli.
Duke University Press
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Antonio Benitez Rojo
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