Localizing Hybridity: Shalini Puri's The Caribbean Postcolonial

Localizing Hybridity: Shalini Puri's The Caribbean Postcolonial Shalini Puri’s The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post-Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity represents a salutary critical intervention in several important respects. To begin with, Puri’s 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 “episteme regnant of Postcolonial Studies” (xi). Nevertheless, she argues that the Caribbean has been “marginalized from the canon of . . . Postcolonial Studies” 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, “it has often been in the form of proof of metropolitan claims for cultural hybridity, or a figure for them” (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 “abstract hybridity into an epistemological principle” (20). Puri contends that the use of hybridity as a “structure of undecidability” (for example, in Homi Bhabha) or a “principle of difference” that interrupts universalizing knowledges and the homogenizing claims of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism Duke University Press

Localizing Hybridity: Shalini Puri's The Caribbean Postcolonial

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2006 by Small Axe, Inc.
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0799-0537
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1534-6714
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10.1215/-10-1-206
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Shalini Puri’s The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post-Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity represents a salutary critical intervention in several important respects. To begin with, Puri’s 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 “episteme regnant of Postcolonial Studies” (xi). Nevertheless, she argues that the Caribbean has been “marginalized from the canon of . . . Postcolonial Studies” 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, “it has often been in the form of proof of metropolitan claims for cultural hybridity, or a figure for them” (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 “abstract hybridity into an epistemological principle” (20). Puri contends that the use of hybridity as a “structure of undecidability” (for example, in Homi Bhabha) or a “principle of difference” that interrupts universalizing knowledges and the homogenizing claims of the

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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of CriticismDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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