The Conclusion brings together the eight texts analysed in the book, comparing and contrasting the kinds of community depicted in each and the ways each writer utilises the form of the short story collection or cycle as a means of articulating these. It then returns to Édouard Glissant’s, Antonio Benítez-Rojo’s and Wilson Harris’s differing models of association discussed in the Introduction, considering the extent to which the literary portrayals of community examined in the book resonate with these theoretical models. The Conclusion argues that the book’s textual readings demonstrate the flexibility and dynamism of the short story collection and cycle, since in each case the text’s narrative structure emerges out of the writer’s unique engagement with community. Finally, the Conclusion comments on how the book’s textual readings have illuminated connections and tensions between literary and anthropological representations of Caribbean communities, and reflects on the benefits of interdisciplinarity in Caribbean studies.
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