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BEYOND NATION: CARIBBEAN POETICS IN PEDRO PIETRI'S "PUERTO RICAN OBITUARY" AND KAMAU BRATHWAITE'S "ISLANDS AND EXILES"

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Author(s): Li Yun Alvarado

Journal: Centro Journal
ISSN 1538-6279

Volume: 22;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2010;
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ABSTRACT
Pedro Pietri's and Kamau Brathwaite's poems suggest that a transnational and translingual comparative approach to Caribbean literature will highlight similarities across nationalities born of parallel colonial histories and emigration experiences. While the texts themselves might not articulate a transnational or translingual perspective, their intertextuality suggests that such a relationship exists. This paper will focus explicitly on how history, language, and religion play out within poems about the emigrant experience in the metropolis. I will argue that colonialism and the transnational movement from the Caribbean to urban centers have fostered similar emigrant experience even among colonial subjects with different national identities.
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