Shalini Puriâs The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post-Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity represents a salutary critical intervention in several important respects. To begin with, Puriâs focus on Caribbean hybridities counters the metropolitan-centered orientation of much of the work produced within the field of Postcolonial Studies. Puri states that hybridity constitutes the âepisteme regnant of Postcolonial Studiesâ (xi). Nevertheless, she argues that the Caribbean has been âmarginalized from the canon of .Â .Â . Postcolonial Studiesâ despite the fact that the region is perhaps the site par excellence for the investigation of processes and discourses of hybridity (2). Furthermore, Puri asserts that when the Caribbean enters postcolonial discussions of hybridity, âit has often been in the form of proof of metropolitan claims for cultural hybridity, or a figure for themâ (2). The Caribbean Postcolonial undertakes another important critical intervention in terms of identifying and redressing (in the alternative critical practice the book argues for) a dominant tendency within Postcolonial Studies to âabstract hybridity into an epistemological principleâ (20). Puri contends that the use of hybridity as a âstructure of undecidabilityâ (for example, in Homi Bhabha) or a âprinciple of differenceâ that interrupts universalizing knowledges and the homogenizing claims of the
Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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