Cannibal Modernities: Postcoloniality and the Avant-garde in Brazilian and Caribbean Literature

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Luís Madureira

University of Virginia Press

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Cannibal Modernities is the first postcolonial study to show how the “peripheral” replications of modernity in contemporary Caribbean and Latin American texts differ crucially from their European models. It argues that postcoloniality emerges precisely in New World avant-garde movements that have been designated as imitative, and that it is the very peoples and cultures that modernity has relegated to the margins that enable Europe’s foundational discourses of modernity.