Locating the Destitute: Space and Identity in Caribbean Fiction goes beyond the promise implicit in its title not only to locate the destitute, those placed outside of colonial systems of legitimacy, but also to help readers recognize those Caribbean spaces and the identities they shape that do not appear on colonial maps. In locating those people who are excluded on the basis of space as it is configured by colonial ideologies, Radović also makes visible these peoples’ acts of creative resistance against colonial practices and denials. Drawing upon Henri Lefebvre’s concept of “third space,” she articulates how the destitute shape and claim their own spaces, and thereby themselves in the world. They do so, Radović argues, by drawing upon both the material and the imaginative resources accessible through narrative.

According to Radović, postcolonial studies still stumbles over its reliance on binaries and/or its promotion of...

Article PDF first page preview

Article PDF first page preview
You do not currently have access to this content.