Michaeline A. Crichlow, Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009); 305 pages; ISBN 978-0-8223-4441-4 (paper).
The twentieth century witnessed the anxiety of Caribbean scholars to grasp the authentic local epistemology of the Caribbean. In the search for knowledge, the region’s sociocultural practices, identity, and nationalistic discourse, as well as the relation of metropolis and colonies, have been approached from different angles: from Aimé Césaire’s Une tempête and Caliban as a cultural signifier, to Patrick Chamoiseau, Jean Bernabé, and Raphael Confiant’s Elogé de la creolité, to Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s analysis of creolization, to Edouard Glissant’s Poétique de la Relation. Glissant’s and Trouillot’s works, specifically, fuel the postmodern understanding of the Caribbean as a complex site with multiple local histories and multiform cultures where differences relate the region to the rest of the world. In Creolization and the Post-Creole Imagination, sociologist Michaeline Crichlow uses Glissant’s relationally kaleidoscopic gaze and Trouillot’s concept of creolization to study the sociocultural transformation of the Caribbean, engaging herself successfully in the scholarly conversation about the meaning of Caribbean societies. In so doing, Crichlow makes an invaluable contribution to the analysis of Caribbean society and culture earning a place in the vanguard of historical development of Caribbean knowledge and within the present growing academic bibliography on this subject. (more…)