• Jamaican Nationalism, Queer Intimacies, and the Disjunctures of the Chinese Diaspora: Patricia Powell's The Pagoda

    Author(s):
    Jason Frydman (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    CLCS Caribbean
    Subject(s):
    20th-century American literature, Asian-American studies, Asian diaspora, Caribbean literature, Chinese immigration
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Jamaica, Lisa Lowe, Maxine Hong Kingston, Patricia Powell
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/h7er-eb27
    Abstract:
    Attentive to the disjunctures of the Chinese diaspora in the Americas, Patricia Powell's "The Pagoda" intertextually re-territorializes the tropes of Asian American literature and cultural criticism in a Jamaican context in order to fashion a queer utopian historical romance. The novel portrays a simultaneously pluralist and creolizing anticolonial nationalism emerging from queer intimacies that cut across the racial divisions of late nineteenth-century Jamaica. Not only does this displace the masculinist labor movements of the 1930s as the originary moment of anticolonial Jamaican nationalism, but "The Pagoda" also offers a Caribbean alternative to US-based models of ethnic literature, limning distinctive histories of racialization, creolization, and pluralism.
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