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Asylum Speakers: Caribbean Refugees and Testimonial Discourse

April Shemak


Offering the first interdisciplinary study of refugees in the Caribbean, Central America, and the United States, this book relates current theoretical debates about hospitality and cosmopolitanism to the actual conditions of refugees. In doing so, the author weighs the questions of truth value associated with various modes of witnessing to explore the function of testimonial discourse in constructing refugee subjectivity in New World cultural and political formations. By examining literary works by such writers as Edwidge Danticat, Nikl Payen, Kamau Brathwaite, Francisco Goldman, Julia Alvarez ... More

Keywords: refugees, Caribbean, Central America, United States, truth value, testimonial discourse, New World, diaspora, migration, asylum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233557
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

April Shemak, author
Department of English, Sam Houston State University