chapter  38
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Strategies of Caribbean Feminism: Donette Francis


Feminist approaches to Caribbean Literature have made ongoing attempts to find a critical vocabulary that works constructively to interpret literary representations of Caribbean women’s realities. As a maturing body of criticism, Caribbean literary feminism is marked both by the historical moments of its emergence, as well as an ongoing dialogue with those critical strategies that precede it. Approaches have ranged from the initial, straightforward efforts to make Caribbean women visible in narratives of nation; to offering positive representations of Caribbean womanhood in defence against negative presentations, particularly of working class or folk womanhood; to representing female agency in spite of adverse conditions; to identifying the pitfalls of women’s investment in the national project; to raising questions of sexuality, masculinity and the intimate domain as central to understanding the fullness of women’s realities.