The Ethnic Identity in the Caribbean Postcolonial Society: A Study of Earl lovelace's The Wine of Astonishment

Deepak Thorenoor Rangaswamy


The Ethnic Identity in the Caribbean Postcolonial Society: A study of Earl Lovelace’s The Wine of Astonishment

Abstract: Postcolonialism is an important discourse in the trajectory of cultural agency and literary studies. Terms such as ‘ethnicity’ and ‘race’ have generated extensive discussion and debate. This paper presents an analysis of the experience of an ethnic identity in Earl Lovelace’s The Wine of Astonishment. It intends to show light on the extensive analysis of this work within the existing criticism. All the fictions of Lovelace have been studied as part of the preparation of this paper. However the selection has been made to concentrate on The Wine of Astonishment. Lovelace belongs to the post-independence wave of Caribbean writers. His novels grapple with issues of newly independent Trinidad and Tobago and by extension the Caribbean. He is concerned with the history of the society and the region, the society’s political ideology, ethnic groups in Trinidad and Tobago, cultural consciousness as well as individual growth and development. Throughout the world ethnicity has been a critical factor in elements of social importance and everyday communal activities. This is true of post-colonial and underdeveloped societies like Caribbean. The ethnic identity is evident in Earl Lovelace’s fiction. The colonial legacies and social constructions of oppressions such as ethnicity, race, class and gender are explored in The Wine of Astonishment. So my research article is an attempt to examine the fiction of Earl Lovelace from the perspective of politics of the ethnic identity in the Caribbean within the postcolonial framework.

Key Words: Identity, Ethnicity, Race, Colonial, Postcolonial, Politics.


Identity, Ethnicity, Race, Colonial, Postcolonial

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