Author Affiliation, Ana.
Educational Studies; Faculty of Arts and Education
Blurring cultural boundaries: The balm yard in Olive Senior's 'Discerner of Hearts' and Erna Brodber's Mayal
Barrios, Olga; Bell, Bernard W.
Contemporary literature in the African diaspora
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University of Salamanca
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Also published in: Caribbean Quarterly 43.4 (Dec. 1997): 37-46
Focuses on the 'improbable but politically real situation' in which the language and culture of the majority is less valued than that of the majority - a phenomenon characterized in the critical literature as the 'Prospero/Caliban dichotomy'. 'Isolates one significant location from the suppressed [African] culture [of the post-emancipation Caribbean] - the balm yard - and examines it within the context of Senior's 'Discerner of Hearts' and Brodber's Myal. Suggests that in both texts a 'cultural coup is achieved by writing in the perception of the suppressed within a discourse tradition formerly reserved for the suppressor'....