Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-219) and index.
Writing the Caribbean : gender and literary authority -- pt. 1. Making men : writing the nation. "Race-ing" the nation : Englishness, blackness, and the discourse of Victorian manhood -- Literary men and the English canonical tradition -- Representing the folk : the crisis of literary authenticity -- pt. 2. Writing women : making the nation. Theorizing Caribbean feminist aesthetics -- The novel of revolution and the unrepresentable black woman -- Return of the native : immigrant women's writing and the narrative of exile.