Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature
Daughters of the Spirits

Paul Humphrey

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 12

Legenda

25 February 2019  •  206pp

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African-derived religious traditions like Santería and Vodou have long been a site of political, cultural and social resistance in the Caribbean. Through his focus on the body as the juncture between the physical and spiritual planes, Humphrey’s analysis of a number of Caribbean novels and plays foregrounds the complex nature of women’s negotiation of religious, social and political life as participants in these marginalized religious communities. Examining works from authors such as Cuban playwright Eugenio Hernández Espinosa (1936-), Haitian novelists Kettly Mars (1958-) and Marie Chauvet (1916-1973), and Cuban-Puerto Rican writer Mayra Montero (1952-), he demonstrates the manner in which the worldviews offered by Santería and Vodou permit the divisions within and between concepts such as gender, sexuality, womanhood, space and nation to be transcended. As a result, not only do these narratives resist and subvert hegemonic and patriarchal discourses, but also provide a means through which the voice of the marginalized can be heard.

Paul Humphrey is Assistant Professor in World Languages and Cultures at Monmouth University, New Jersey.

Reviews:

  • ‘Humphrey does not argue for the homogenization of [Vodou and Santería], but for the honest recognition and acceptance of their differences. Moving past the violent stereotyping [...], he encourages us to treat these religions as ‘living systems’ in which slavery, colonialism, creolization and hybridity intersect in a dynamic negotiation of all the complexities that create what would be a ‘postcolonial’ Caribbean.’ — Janelle Rodriques, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 97.2, 2020, 294-95

Contents:

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Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature: Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature
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Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
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Note On Translations and Spelling
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Introduction
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Chapter 1 Intersections of Religion, Resistance and Gender in Caribbean Narratives
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Chapter 2 Staging Subversion: Santería, Performance and Corporeality
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Chapter 3 Women, Haitian Vodou and Reconstitution of the Self
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Chapter 4 Destructive Masculinity, Vodou and the State
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Chapter 5 Until Death…: Sexuality, Death and the Sacred
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Conclusion
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Bibliography
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Index
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Bibliography entry:

Humphrey, Paul, Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature: Daughters of the Spirits, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Paul Humphrey, Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature: Daughters of the Spirits, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Humphrey, p. 47.

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Humphrey, Paul. 2019. Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature: Daughters of the Spirits, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Humphrey 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Humphrey 2019: 21.

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