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It is hard to ignore the hotels They rise like mammoths of iron and concrete above the homes the office buildings the trees of New Providence island of my birth So begins Ian Strachan’s history of the idea of the Caribbean as paradise The modern image of the Bahamas as a carefree tourist oasis has its origins in much earlier cultural mythology the first colonizers conceptualized the Caribbean as a place beyond time beyond the real and the region produced profit seemingly without work Yet an Edenic experience was made possible only by the existence of th.
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H a fascinating exploration of the ways postcolonial Caribbean writers such as V S Naipaul Derek Walcott Paule Marshall Jamaica Kincaid and Michelle Cliff have responded to the paradise plantation dichotomyThe conspicuous disparity between the Caribbean’s reputation as paradise and the stark social economic and political realities of the region is not news Ian Strachan’s genealogy of the paradise plantation myth goes far beyond the established discourse in paradise studies however providing a new and interdisciplinary approach to further the discussio.
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E plantation the very opposite of paradise for the Amerindians whose homeland was colonized and for those brought as slavesExamining poetry plays novels travelogues magazine ads postcards posters brochures stamps popular songs paintings and illustrations Paradise and Plantation presents telling links between the myth of a Caribbean paradise and colonial ideologies and economics Strachan considers the cultural economic and social effects of tourism’s brochure discourse in the modern Caribbean specifically in the Bahamas and he enriches his discussion wit.