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Interdisciplinary MeasuresLiterature and the Future of Postcolonial Studies$
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Graham Huggan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311093

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313332

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Ghost Stories, Bone Flutes, Cannibal Counter-memory

Ghost Stories, Bone Flutes, Cannibal Counter-memory

(p.166) Chapter 10 Ghost Stories, Bone Flutes, Cannibal Counter-memory
Interdisciplinary Measures
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This chapter has three objectives: First, it seeks to forge an unholy alliance between the cannibal and the ghost, and to explore their interworkings in the context of revisionist Caribbean history. Second, it examines the cannibal and the ghost as textual mediators, employed by Caribbean writers to re-imagine their European literary ancestry. Finally, it charts the attempt through the shape-shifting cannibal/ghost alliance to transform the orthodox, largely negative perception of Caribbean history, setting up a counter-memory to the hegemonic European record. The cannibal, being an alibi for historical race oppression, must be confronted and overcome in order to fulfill the great utopian vision where ‘self’ and ‘other’ converge until there is no ‘self’, no ‘other’, only people working together in the creation of a liberated future.

Keywords:   cannibal, ghost, revisionist Caribbean history, hegemonic European record, European literary ancestry, counter-memory, race oppression

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