The thesis intends to analyze the Caribbean as more than "elsewhere" in modernism through food research. The Eurocentric viewpoint is that the islands are the "other" and that the Caribbean's contributions are not central to the past and present. Representations of food in Caribbean literature reveal dualism, such as Western/African in the tropic's identity, and this dualism can lead to identity issues. Chapter 1 analyzes Caribbean cuisine's mosaic origins from Indian, European, Native, and African influences. Food imagery in Caribbean literature does not separate the Caribbean from its complicated past. However, it notes that the islands should embrace their differences while being cautious of foreign identity dominance. Chapter 2 explores the Caribbean's continuous modernity with other powers. Continuous modernity is established from the beginning of the plantation system, and the pattern of colonial trade remains apparent in the Caribbean's current import dependency. The chapter analyzes how constant interactions with global trade leave the islands with food insecurity, sometimes leading to revolutions or resistance. The section suggests self-sufficiency in the islands by strengthening domestic food production and reshaping past trade patterns.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Senat, Sheina, "Pepper Pot and Callaloo: Caribbean Cuisine as Embodiment of "Otherness" and Resistance" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1449.