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US engagements with the Caribbean (Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine among them) have long been rooted in the notion that US-Americans are the divinely ordained leaders of their inferior neighbors to the south, especially of those whose geographical smallness provides concrete and clearly divinely determined evidence of their inferiority. The US-Anglophone Caribbean relationship is also shaped by both the archipelago and the continental nation’s relationship with another island—England. Attending to this archipelagic triangulation facilitates increased awareness of Anglophone Caribbean representational agency. The Caribbean is not only an object of the gaze. It is also a gazer. It is not...

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