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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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Tropical Apocalypse

Tropical Apocalypse

Globalization and the Caribbean End Times

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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

Martin Munro

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between the theory and experience of the apocalypse in the complex, globalized, present, and in Caribbean history. It first considers images of the apocalypse and strands of millenarian thought in Caribbean literature argues that the apocalyptic reality of the present, globalized world is a reflection of processes and discourses that have long informed Caribbean thought and lived experience. In contrast to Édouard Glissant’s assertion that the world is creolizing, this chapter suggests that the world is apocalypsizing and that the world is catching up with a reality that has long informed Caribbean experience. Finally, it shows how the processes of modernization and globalization lead societies ever closer to an apocalyptic abyss.

Keywords:   apocalypse, Caribbean history, Caribbean literature, Caribbean, Édouard Glissant, modernization, globalization

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