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This essay brings together four artist-activists of the Caribbean and Pacific under the archipelagic auspices of the “Mediterranean of the West,” a term coined by Jamaican nationalist W. Adolphe Roberts in his pioneering study The Caribbean: Story of Our Sea of Destiny (1940). Roberts’s Mediterranean opens disjunctively onto anticolonial figures elsewhere: Roberts’s fellow West Indian C. L. R. James as well as the “fathers” of Cuban and Filipino independence, José Martí and José Rizal. These four anticolonialists are case studies in resistant comparison, seemingly ready-made but difficult to track: Martí and Rizal, writing in Spanish on behalf of the modern...

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