Decolonizing the Imagination

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Description: Elliot criticizes Dionne Brand's A Map to the Door of No Return. She exposes and explores what Brand call's "the fissure between the past and the present." Brand explains that the fissure is represented in the Door of No Return: the place where our ancestors departed one world for another--the Old World for the New--the place where all names were forgotten and all beginnings recast. In some desolate sense, Brand stresses that it was the creation place of Blacks in the New World Diaspora at the same time that it signified the end of traceable beginnings. Among other things, Elliot expresses that Africans in the Americas developed hybrid identities that retained aspects of their African roots yet still enabled them to adapt and survive in their new, and often hostile, environment.
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