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Chris Campbell and Michael Niblett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382950

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382950.001.0001

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Ecopoetics of Pleasure and Power in Oonya Kempadoo’s Tide Running

Ecopoetics of Pleasure and Power in Oonya Kempadoo’s Tide Running

(p.145) Chapter Seven Ecopoetics of Pleasure and Power in Oonya Kempadoo’s Tide Running
The Caribbean

Molly Nichols

Liverpool University Press

In this chapter, Molly Nichols explores the ways in which Oonya Kempadoo’s novel Tide Running (2001) reflects, challenges, and complicates the sexualization and eroticization of Caribbean bodies and environments. Examining the impact of tourism on the region, the chapter shows how Kempadoo’s depictions of landscape and sexuality reveal the ways these sites have been produced to facilitate exploitation. The analysis is grounded in a consideration of neoliberalism and sexual labour in Tobago. Tide Running creates a space for depicting the beauty of landscape and the pleasure of sex; but, as this chapter demonstrates, it also reveals how the production of nature and of sexual difference is always enmeshed in relations of class power.

Keywords:   Oonya Kempadoo, Tide Running, Tobago, neoliberalism, tourism, sexuality, gender, environment, labour

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