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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Circuits of Identity and Cultural Transformation in the Work of Two Caribbean-diaspora Poets: Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and Dorothea Smartt

Publication Date: 
June 2012

In this article I explore constructions of diasporic space in the work of two Caribbean-diaspora poets, Jean 'Binta' Breeze, and Dorothea Smartt, and examine the ways in which circuits of departure, arrival, and return in selected poems, function as sites from which complex, interconnected identities are produced. The region is commonly defined as a space of migratory flows, which are both permanent and impermanent, and characterized by frequent returns 'home' (Trotz & Mullings, 2013, p. 154). Thus, concepts that have become central to diaspora theory, such as globalization, the transnational subject, related issues of boundaries, borders and what has been defined as a 'multivocality of belongings', (Kalra, Kaur & Hutnyk, 2005, p. 29) are concepts with particular resonance for cultural and historical articulations of the Caribbean and its diaspora.

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