By Jennifer Rahim, Dr Barbara Lalla PH.D.
"Beyond Borders" is a multidisciplinary selection of essays with a spotlight on modern concerns in Caribbean cultural reviews. tradition and cultural id are definitely hugely charged political Goliaths with neighborhood and international ramifications. this is often one of many purposes for the digital growth the self-discipline has loved, and the Caribbean isn't any exception. consequently, there's a starting to be call for for info within the box for either study and instructing reasons. The essays during this assortment offer one of these source. They discover cross-cultural subject matters and concerns throughout quite a number disciplines that come with literature, language, schooling, heritage and pop culture. they're going to curiosity a extensive cross-section of local and foreign readers, together with quite a lot of students, specialist lecturers, scholars and participants of most people wishing to appreciate the complicated dynamics of Caribbean tradition. the problems of cultural survival and negotiation with which each one of these essays deal, serve to foreground a heritage of domination, resistance and incredible differences inside and past the borders of this archipelago. it's not attainable to cross tradition off as easily an issue of commonalities, pursuits and values, as though politics and tool have been blameless of influencing what will get outlined and ate up as tradition. "Beyond Borders: Cross-culturalism and the Caribbean Canon" deals a discussion board for modern debates on Caribbean tradition in its ongoing strategy of evolution.
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