Fred D'Aguiar and Caribbean Literature

Metaphor, Myth, Memory


With Fred D'Aguiar and Caribbean Literature: Metaphor, Myth, Memory, Leo Courbot offers the first research monograph entirely dedicated to a comprehensive reading of the verse and prose works of Fred D'Aguiar, prized American author of Anglo-Guyanese origin. “Postcolonial” criticism, when related to the history of the African diaspora, regularly inscribes itself in the wake of Sartrean philosophy. However, Fred D'Aguiar's both typical and untypical Caribbean background, in addition to the singularity of his diction, call for a different approach, which Leo Courbot convincingly carries out by reading literature in the light of Jacques Derrida and Édouard Glissant's less conventional sense of the intrinsically metaphorical and cross-cultural nature of language.


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Biographical Note

Leo Courbot is a teaching assistant in English at the university of Lille, France. He has published articles on cross-cultural theory and Fred D'Aguiar and Wilson Harris' works.

Table of contents

Preface: Reading Fred D’Aguiar Acknowledgements General Introduction: Caribbean Orphic

Part 1: Tropicality: Fred D’Aguiar’s Poetry

Introduction to Part 1 1 Tropical (Re)Visions (of Mythology) 2 (An)amnesic Waters 3 3Chronot(r)opes Partial Conclusion: Resisting Entropy

Part 2: Orphanhood: Fred D’Aguiar’s Novels

Introduction to Part 2 4 Literate Slaves 5 Orphic Orphans General Conclusion: Vatic Environmentalism and the Politics of Tropicality Bibliography Index


All interested in contemporary Caribbean literature and its relations to other literary traditions, anyone concerned with the theories, ethics, and language of the cross-cultural, and Fred D'Aguiar readers.