Reference : Caribbean Writers and the Jewish Diaspora: A Shared Experience of Otherness
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Caribbean Writers and the Jewish Diaspora: A Shared Experience of Otherness
Ledent, Bénédicte mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des langues et littératures modernes > Langue et linguistique anglaises modernes >]
The Cross-Cultural Legacy: Critical and Creative Writings in Memory of Hena Maes-Jelinek
Collier, Gordon mailto
Davis, Geoffrey mailto
Delrez, Marc mailto
Ledent, Bénédicte mailto
Cross-Cultures, n°193
The Netherlands/USA
[en] Caribbean ; Jewish diaspora ; Otherness
[en] As Paul Gilroy points out in The Black Atlantic (1993), a comparative approach to the African and Jewish Diasporas, in spite of possible pitfalls, is likely to lead to a better understanding of modernity, characterized as it is by displacements but also by a propensity to discriminate against the ‘Other’. Several Caribbean authors have suggested in their writing parallels between the African and Jewish experiences of exclusion and extermination, between slavery and the Holocaust. This is especially the case with a generation of writers born in the Caribbean in the two decades after the Second World War and now based in the UK or the USA, such as Michelle Cliff, David Dabydeen, Caryl Phillips, and Lawrence Scott, who have addressed the commonalities between the two diasporas in their fiction and non-fiction. This essay highlights the coherence of these writers’ inclusive remembrance of black and Jewish suffering, and places their vision in the context of their attempts at self-definition, both collective and individual.
CEREP (Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherche en Etudes Postcoloniales)
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