As illustrated in the last chapter--which establishes thought-provoking comparisons between Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Cliff's Abeng
and No Telephone to Heaven--this accretive approach confers a welcome sense of solidity to the whole, even if the wealth of information entailed by such a methodology tends to make the text impressionistic in places.
For the main character of Cliff's Abeng
, a racially mixed Jamaican girl named Clare Savage, the Diary serves as a personal guidebook through which Clare comes to understand both her physical maturation into womanhood and her place in a society coping with a legacy of colonial oppression by the British.
Pese a ello, es posible reconocer tambien una serie de continuidades tematicas -mas alla de los cambios epocales y de ubicacion geografica, en todas las novelas juega un rol central el rescate de las memorias de los oprimidos y la visibilizacion de sus formas de resistencia-, pero que tienen una articulacion narrativa distinta a la que encontramos en Abeng
y No Telephone to Heaven.
As soon as Archbishop Williams entered the door to the arena, he was greeted by a drum roll and the sound of an abeng
, described in the order of service as "a horn which was blown by the Maroons during their long and eventually victorious struggle with the British in the early days of colonialism.
By Roland Abeng
May 6, 2009 -- Following the indictment in March of Sudan's President Omer Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court, and the fact that the rest of the court's cases involve crimes committed by Africans, one wonders how "international" the ICC is.
Organizing committee chief Tanri Abeng
said thousands of delegates from 30 countries would attend the four-day meetings with the main focus on food, energy and financial security amid the global economic crisis.
Other titles that rated highly are Crick Crack, Monkey (1970) by Trinidadian writer Merle Hodge; Abeng
(1984) by Jamaican author Michelle Cliff; and The Chosen Place, the Timeless People (1969) by Barbadian American novelist Paule Marshall.
We will see that Michelle Cliff's main character Clare Savage in Abeng
and No Telephone to Heaven is both witness to the erased traumatic part of her Jamaican past (that is her maroon heritage, a heritage denied to her by her "white" father) and victim of that erasure as she is unable to know herself and her history until she begins to recuperate her mother's and her maroon people's genealogical memory.
Yawning long, loud Fuuuuffuu-ffuu abeng
swallows Lickle Phoebe's bawling.
In these instances, "black woman love" recalls the network of love and support between black women in Michelle Cliff' s Abeng
(1984) and Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon (1977) and Beloved (1987).
Deng, "the Dinka agreed that anyone doing oil work south of Khor Adar would be killed.
Michelle Cliff's Abeng
(1986) and Danzy Senna's Caucasia (1998) typify a recent literary uptrend: a dramatic increase in biracial fiction, memoir, and theory, in biracial discourses of passing, invisibility, and identity.