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The `Air of Liberty': Narratives of the South Atlantic Past
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The `Air of Liberty': Narratives of the South Atlantic Past (Hardback)

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The Caribbean imagination as framed within a Dutch historical setting has deep Portuguese-African roots. The Seven Provinces were the first European power, in the first half of the 17th century, to challenge the Iberian countries directly for a share in the slave trade. This book analyzes the philosophy underlying this transoceanic link, when contacts with Africa started to be developed.

The ambiguous morality of the `air of liberty' governing the Afro-Portuguese past had its impact on the creole cultures (white, black, Jewish) of the Dutch territories of Suriname and Curacao. Although this influence is gradually disappearing, it is astonishing to witness the engagement with which writers and visual artists have interpreted this heritage in their different ways. Recent narratives from Angola and Brazil offer an appropriate starting-point for an examination of strategies of self-representation and national consolidation in works by authors from the Dutch Caribbean. In order to reveal this complex historical pattern, the (formerly) Dutch-related port communities are conceived of as cultural agents whose `lettered cities' (Angel Rama) have engaged in critical dialogue with the heritage of the South Atlantic trade in human lives.

Artists and writers discussed include (colonial period): Caspar Barlaeus, David Nassy, Frans Post, and John Gabriel Stedman; (modern period): Frank Martinus Arion, Cola Debrot, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Albert Helman, Francisco Herrera Luque, Boeli van Leeuwen, Tip Marugg, Alberto Mussa, Pepetela, Julio Perrenal, and Mario Pinto de Andrade.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: general Publisher: Brill Publication Date: 01/01/2008 ISBN-13: 9789042023963  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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INEKE PHAF-RHEINBERGER is an independent scholar residing in Berlin, and an affiliated researcher at the Latin American Studies Center (LASC), University of Maryland at College Park. Her major focus is on Caribbean studies in relationship to Africa and Latin America. Her many publications include Creole Presence in the Caribbean and Latin America (editor, 1996); A History of the Literature of the Caribbean, vol. 2 (subeditor for the Dutch-speaking Caribbean, 2001); Memorias de la fragmentacion: Tierra de libertad y paisajes del Caribe (editor, 2005); and AfricAmericas: Itineraries, Dialogues, and Sounds (2008).

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