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Global in scope and multidisciplinary in approach, Creolization as Cultural Creativity explores the expressive forms and performances that come into being when cultures encounter one another. Creolization is presented as a powerful marker of identity in the postcolonial creole societies of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the southwest Indian Ocean region, as well as a universal process that can occur anywhere cultures come into contact.

An extraordinary number of cultures from Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, the southern United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Réunion, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Suriname, Jamaica, and Sierra Leone are discussed in these essays.

Drawing from the disciplines of folklore, anthropology, ethnomusicology, literary studies, history, and material culture studies, essayists address theoretical dimensions of creolization and present in-depth field studies. Topics include adaptations of the Gombe drum over the course of its migration from Jamaica to West Africa; uses of "ritual piracy" involved in the appropriation of Catholic symbols by Puerto Rican brujos; the subversion of official culture and authority through playful and combative use of "creole talk" in Argentine literature and verbal arts; the mislabeling and trivialization ("toy blindness") of objects appropriated by African Americans in the American South; the strategic use of creole techniques among storytellers within the islands of the Indian Ocean; and the creolized character of New Orleans and its music. In the introductory essay the editors address both local and universal dimensions of creolization and argue for the centrality of its expressive manifestations for creolization scholarship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction: Creolization as Cultural Creativity
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. Metaphors of Incommensurability
  2. pp. 20-31
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  1. Monde Créole: The Cultural World of French Louisiana Creoles and the Creolization of World Cultures
  2. pp. 32-67
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  1. Creolization, Nam, Absent Loved Ones, Watchers, and Serious Play with “Toys”
  2. pp. 68-108
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  1. Ritual Piracy: Or Creolization with an Attitude
  2. pp. 109-136
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  1. Africa’s Creole Drum: The Gumbe as Vector and Signifier of Trans-African Creolization
  2. pp. 137-177
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  1. Techniques of Creolization
  2. pp. 178-197
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  1. Creole Talk: The Poetics and Politics of Argentine Verbal Art
  2. pp. 198-227
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  1. Villes, Poèmes: The Postwar Routes of Caribbean Creolization
  2. pp. 228-242
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  1. Amalgams and Mosaics, Syncretisms and Reinterpretations: Reading Herskovits and Contemporary Creolists for Metaphors of Creolization
  2. pp. 243-284
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  1. About Face: Rethinking Creolization
  2. pp. 285-305
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  1. References
  2. pp. 307-338
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 339-342
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-354
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