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 supply a more
exact account of the prior but additionally have the aptitude 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
approach North Atlantic modernity freezes its "others" right into a country of perpetual backwardness that
produces an ethnocentric narrative according to homogenization, vilification, and disempowerment
that actively ignores what fails to comply to the tale it desires to inform approximately itself. In
interpreting narratives of modernity that originate within the Caribbean, the writer explores the
region's refusal to succumb to Medusa's spell and highlights its suggestions to outstare the
Reflecting a range 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 20 th century through the king of the Caribbean island Redonda,
modern collections of poetry from the anglophone Caribbean, a ancient novel by way of the
Guadeloupean author Maryse Condé, a Latin epic, a Homeric hymn, historic Egyptian rites,
fairy stories, romances from England and Jamaica, an extended narrative poem via 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 inventive contribution to what it skill to be modern.
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Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity: Returning Medusa's Gaze (New World Studies) by Maria Cristina Fumagalli