Caribbean Displacement and the Question of Oppression and Cultural Changes of Post-colonialism in Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River

Abdalhadi Nimer Abdalqader Abu Jweid


This article examines the conditions of the displaced individuals in Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River (1993). In essence, the displaced individuals undergo oppressive experience. They are forced to leave their homeland for other lands. The study is going to demonstrate how these displaced minorities cope with their conditional presence in the displacement lands. In the main, displacement involves the diasporic movement of the colonized people and their settlement in other lands which are not their own. The analysis will concentrate on the imperial practices exerted over the displaced individuals. As such, the study will apply a postcolonial methodological approach to explore the colonial relationship between the colonized individuals and their colonizers. The displaced individuals become prone to transformation in their new lands since they are negatively suppressed by the colonizers. In the course of the analysis, the focus will be on Phillips’s portrayal of the displaced individuals and their interactions with other characters whether the colonizer or other displaced individualities.


Displacement; Identity; Phillips; Oppression; Post-colonialism

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