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Elusive Origins
summary
Kant's definition of the Enlightenment as an emergence of humanity from its self-incurred immaturity begs a number of questions, argues Paul Miller, when seen through the lens of the modern Caribbean historical imagination. It yields a set of structural paradoxes that trap the Caribbean writer in the binary tensions of center/periphery, master/slave, leaders/masses, rendering the origins of the Caribbean's own modernity "elusive."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Structure of the Enlightenment
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. Part I. Inaugurating the Modern Caribbean Historical Imagination
  2. pp. 27-83
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  1. 1 Carpentier and the Temporalities of Mutual Exclusion
  2. pp. 29-56
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  1. 2 Enlightened Hesitations: C. L. R. James, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and the Black Masses
  2. pp. 57-83
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  1. Part II. Chauvet, Cond
  2. pp. 85-127
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  1. 3 Conflicted Epiphanies: Politicized Aesthetics in Marie Chauvet’s Dance on the Volcano
  2. pp. 87-107
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  1. 4 Alliances and Enmities in Maryse Condé’s Historical Imagination
  2. pp. 108-127
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  1. Part III. The Center and the Periphery Cannot Hold
  2. pp. 129-174
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  1. 5 Cuban Cogito: Reinaldo Arenas and the Negative Historical Imagination
  2. pp. 131-150
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  1. 6 Heightened Perceptions: Rodr
  2. pp. 151-174
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  1. Conclusions: Before and After, Here and There
  2. pp. 175-193
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 195-211
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 213-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-230
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