ABSTRACT

Reading Caribbean autobiography is, in a fundamental sense, reading across or beyond geographic and cultural divides. At the conclusion of Caribbean Autobiography, I made a case for reading individual narratives as facets of heterogeneous relational space in an open-ended dialectical discourse. I  argued that each successive autobiographical act illuminates a historically based element of Caribbean life and culture. The narratives may be internally differentiated, yet they are intertextually linked. Their common task is situated and embodied difference in a contested literary space, which lays the foundations for diverse conceptions of individual and group identity, even in the circumscribed space of the Anglophone Caribbean (Paquet, Caribbean 261). The confluence of cultures in the region is historically and geographically grounded, and this constitutes the spatial, social, and epistemological basis of a discursive relationality in Caribbean autobio graphical culture. On this occasion, I want to locate and discuss the workings of this discursive relationality in the context of the radical multidimensionality of Caribbean autobiographical discourse that extends to a wide-ranging multiplicity of forms.