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Raphael Dalleo F'08

Raphael Dalleo

Assistant Professor
English
Florida Atlantic University
last updated: 06/06/17

ACLS Fellowship Program 2008
Assistant Professor
English
Florida Atlantic University
Caribbean Literature from Anticolonial to Postcolonial

In the Caribbean, where some nations (Haiti, Dominican Republic) achieved formal independence in the nineteenth century, while others islands (Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Martinique) remain under outside control, the term postcolonial hardly works as a political designator. Because of this heterogeneity, the region can be an ideal test-case for pressing the precise signification of the term “postcolonial.” This project situates the term historically, contrasting Caribbean postcolonial literature with its anticolonial predecessor. Rather than doing this via formal characteristics or thematic concerns, the study argues that the fundamental difference is literature’s place in society, both in terms of what roles are available to writers and how writers define what they do within that field of possibilities.

Publications

Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere.
Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere. University of Virginia Press, 2011.

The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature.
The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.