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Afterword
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Reading through this sample of women’s writing from the West Indies of the nineteenth and early twentieth century reinforces, for me, the centrality of what Hall (above) refers to as “the diaspora experience” to the history of the region, and indeed to all kinds of records of this history, including the literary. The narratives of Fraser, Cassin, Lynch and Nugent, as much as those by Seacole and Mary Prince, have their matrix in the transcultural engagements of women. However, if there is any general conclusion about the various accounts of these engagements, it is simply that no one narrative version adequately conveys the complexity – the heterogeneity, diversity and hybridity – of what the West Indies meant for those who wrote and read it.