Cultivating Caribbean Voices: Multispecies Gardens, Care, and Food Justice in Anglophone Caribbean Literature


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships




Bringing postcolonial studies into conversation with ecocritical approaches, “Cultivating Caribbean Voices” explores multispecies gardens in Anglophone Caribbean literature and culture from the 1960s to the present. Through investigations of kitchen gardens, market gardens, flower gardens, and therapeutic gardens, this study demonstrates how human gardening practices and multispecies rhythms relate to postcolonial food politics and responses to empire. The project constellates literary texts, visual culture, little-studied archival materials, and physical gardens to retheorize key problems in cultural study—including voice, rhythm, and spatiality. Ultimately, this analysis of Caribbean gardens develops a politics of postcoloniality that threads together human and other-than-human concerns in ways that bring together multispecies justice and human politics.