Colonialism and the Destruction of the Mind by Amon Saba Saakana

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Colonialism and the Destruction of the Mind by Amon Saba Saakana

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In the second volume of a trilogy on Caribbean literature, Saakana focuses on Roy Heath, the Caribbean's most prolific and political novelist, within the context of the impact of colonialism on the ruptures of the mind. Following Fallon, the author delves deeply into psychoanalytic approaches to examine and reveal the extent to which colonialism has seriously impaired dispassionate thinking and social behaviour within the lower and middle classes in Guyana. Following Diop, the author establishes a paradigm within the context of psychology, history and language within which Roy Heath's work is probed and analysed: the novelist's preoccupations with differences between the classes in terms of sexuality and social attitudes, Christianity, race and class. These serve to highlight the colonial inheritance of the Caribbean and to contrast it with the living traditions in Caribbean cultural realities. The work is multidisciplinary, utilising concepts of psychoanalysis, anthropology, mythology, critical theories and feminism to bring a holistic and autonomous perspective to Caribbean societies. 
Amon Saba Saakana obtained an M.A. in Caribbean literature at the University of East London, and a Ph.D. in Drama /Cultural Studies from London University (Goldsmiths College). He is currently working on the third volume, Traditional Caribbean Literature. He is the author of the novel, Blues Dance, and the forthcoming sequel, Speaking Together in Tongues. 

ISBN:0907015565 

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