By Sarah Phillips Casteel

With what could seem fabulous frequency, Caribbean writers have became to Jewish Caribbean reviews of exodus and reinvention, from the coming of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal within the 1490s to the flight of eu Jewish refugees to Trinidad and in other places within the Nineteen Thirties. reading this old migration throughout the lens of postwar Caribbean fiction and poetry, Sarah Phillips Casteel conducts the 1st significant learn of representations of Jewishness in Caribbean literature. Bridging the distance among postcolonial and Jewish reports, Calypso Jews enriches crosscultural investigations of Caribbean creolization. Caribbean writers invoke either the 1492 expulsion and the Holocaust as a part of their literary archaeology of slavery and its legacies. regardless of the unequal and infrequently fraught family members among Blacks and Jews within the Caribbean prior to and after emancipation, Black-Jewish literary encounters replicate sympathy and id greater than antagonism and pageant. offering an alternative choice to U.S.-based severe narratives of Black-Jewish family members, Casteel reads Derek Walcott, Maryse Condé, Michelle Cliff, Jamaica Kincaid, Caryl Phillips, David Dabydeen, and Paul Gilroy, between others, to bare a particular inter-diasporic courting refracted throughout the inventive suggestions of 2 resilient cultures.

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