By Maria Cristina Fumagalli
Taking up the problem of redefining modernity from a Caribbean perspective
rather than assuming that the North Atlantic view of modernity is common, Maria Cristina
Fumagalli exhibits how the Caribbean's contributions to the fashionable global not just offer a more
actual account of the previous but in addition have the capability to alter the way we imagine
the longer term. Fumagalli makes use of the parable of Medusa's gaze turning humans into stone to explain the
means North Atlantic modernity freezes its "others" right into a nation of perpetual backwardness that
produces an ethnocentric narrative in keeping with homogenization, vilification, and disempowerment
that actively ignores what fails to comply to the tale it desires to inform approximately itself. In
reading narratives of modernity that originate within the Caribbean, the writer explores the
region's refusal to succumb to Medusa's spell and highlights its concepts to outstare the
Reflecting a variety of texts, genres, and media, the chapters concentration on
sixteenth-century engravings and work from the Netherlands and Italy, a systematic romance
produced on the flip of the 20th century via the king of the Caribbean island Redonda,
modern collections of poetry from the anglophone Caribbean, a ancient novel through the
Guadeloupean author Maryse Condé, a Latin epic, a Homeric hymn, historical Egyptian rites,
fairy stories, romances from England and Jamaica, a protracted narrative poem by means of the Nobel Prize winner
Derek Walcott, and work through artists from Europe and the Americas spanning the seventeenth
century to the current. Caribbean views on Modernity offers an
unique and artistic contribution to what it potential to be modern.
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Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity: Returning Medusa's Gaze (New World Studies) by Maria Cristina Fumagalli