Diaspora and Hybridity: Jewish American Women Write the Caribbean

Linda Weinhouse, Efraim Sicher

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This essay examines how two Jewish American writers, Achy Obejas and Alice Hoffman, use the Sephardic Caribbean experience to construct subversive postcolonial and diasporic identities. We will focus in particular on how they romanticize Sephardic history in the Caribbean and ask to what extent this opens fixed categories and engages with postcolonial narratives. Obejas and Hoffman raise issues that are common to Caribbean literature, such as creolization and hybridity, and they uncover passions and family secrets from the past that subvert myths of lineage and heritage.
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationCaribbean Jewish Crossings; Literary History and Creative Practic
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2019


  • Sephardim -- Caribbean Area
  • Obejas
  • Achy
  • 1956- -- Criticism and interpretation
  • Hoffman
  • Alice -- Criticism and interpretation
  • Jewish women authors -- United States
  • Sephardim in literature


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