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The Resource Sucking salt : Caribbean women writers, migration, and survival, Meredith M. Gadsby

Sucking salt : Caribbean women writers, migration, and survival, Meredith M. Gadsby

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Sucking salt : Caribbean women writers, migration, and survival
Title
Sucking salt
Title remainder
Caribbean women writers, migration, and survival
Statement of responsibility
Meredith M. Gadsby
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Contributor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Examines the literature of black Caribbean emigrant and island women including Dorothea Smartt, Edwidge Danticat, Paule Marshall, and others, who use the terminology and imagery of "sucking salt" as an articulation of a New World voice connoting adaptation, improvisation, and creativity, offering a new understanding of diaspora, literature, and feminism"--Provided by publisher
  • "It is a persistent image in Caribbean literature. But for Caribbean women especially, salt{u2014}particularly the image of sucking salt{u2014}has long signified how they have endured hardship and found ways to transcend it. In this study of Caribbean women writers, Meredith Gadsby examines the fiction and poetry of both emigrant and island women to explore strategies they have developed for overcoming the oppression of racism, sexism, and economic deprivation in their lives and work. She first reviews the cultural and historical significance of salt in the Caribbean, then delineates creative resistance to oppression as expressed in the literature of Caribbean women writing about their migration to the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. From British poet Dorothea Smartt to Edwidge Danticat of New York{u2019}s Haitian community{u2014}and with a special emphasis on the creative artistry of Paule Marshall{u2014}Gadsby shows how, through migration, these writers{u2019} protagonists move into and through metropolitan spaces to create new realities for themselves, their families, and their communities. Her work draws on critical and ethnographic studies as well as creative works to take in a range of topics, not only considering the salty sexuality of calypso songs and offering new insights into Jamaican slackness culture but also plumbing her own family history to weave the travels of her mother and aunts from Barbados into her studies of migrating writers. Through these close readings, Gadsby shows that Caribbean women express complex identities born out of migration and develop practical approaches to hardship that enable them to negotiate themselves out of difficulty. Her innovative study reveals that 2sucking salt3 is an articulation of a New World voice connoting adaptation, improvisation, and creativity{u2014}and lending itself to new understandings of diaspora, literature, and feminism."--Publishers website
Cataloging source
DLC
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Gadsby, Meredith
Dewey number
810.9/9287097291
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.C27
LC item number
G33 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Canadian literature
  • English literature
  • Women authors, Caribbean
  • Minority women in literature
  • Ethnicity in literature
  • Culture in literature
  • National characteristics, Caribbean
  • Caribbean Area
Label
Sucking salt : Caribbean women writers, migration, and survival, Meredith M. Gadsby
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : little salt won't kill you -- The salience of memory : the cultural and historical significance of salt in the Caribbean -- "It sweeter than meat!" : saltfish, sexual politics, and the Caribbean oral imagination -- Harvesting salt : Caribbean women writers in England and the philosophy of survival -- I suck coarse salt : Caribbean women writers in Canada--language, location, and the politics of transcendence -- Refugees of a world on fire : kitchen place and refugee space in the poetics of Paule Marshall and Edwidge Danticat
Control code
68220798
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 225 pages
Isbn
9780826216656
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006013091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780826216656
Label
Sucking salt : Caribbean women writers, migration, and survival, Meredith M. Gadsby
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : little salt won't kill you -- The salience of memory : the cultural and historical significance of salt in the Caribbean -- "It sweeter than meat!" : saltfish, sexual politics, and the Caribbean oral imagination -- Harvesting salt : Caribbean women writers in England and the philosophy of survival -- I suck coarse salt : Caribbean women writers in Canada--language, location, and the politics of transcendence -- Refugees of a world on fire : kitchen place and refugee space in the poetics of Paule Marshall and Edwidge Danticat
Control code
68220798
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 225 pages
Isbn
9780826216656
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006013091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780826216656

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