August 19 @ 7:00 pm
In-Person | Buyers Beware: An Evening with Patricia Joan Saunders & Yanique Hume
Books & Books presents…
An Evening with Patricia Joan Saunders
in conversation with
Dr. Yanique Hume
(Rutgers University Press, $46.74)
Friday, August 19, 7 PM | IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables
Signing to follow the conversation
Books & Books is thrilled to present Patricia Joan Saunders at our Coral Gables location for her book Buyers Beware: Insurgency and Consumption in Caribbean Popular Culture. She will be in conversation with Dr. Yanique Hume!
This event is free and open to the public! We ask that you please RSVP so that we can monitor crowd size.
About the Book:
Buyers Beware offers a new perspective for critical inquiries about the practices of consumption in (and of) Caribbean popular culture. The book revisits commonly accepted representations of the Caribbean from “less respectable” segments of popular culture such as dancehall culture and ‘sistah lit’ that proudly jettison any aspirations toward middle-class respectability. Treating these pop cultural texts and phenomena with the same critical attention as dominant mass cultural representations of the region allows Patricia Joan Saunders to read them against the grain and consider whether and how their “pulp” preoccupation with contemporary fashion, music, sex, fast food, and television, is instructive for how race, class, gender, sexuality and national politics are constructed, performed, interpreted, disseminated and consumed from within the Caribbean.
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About the Author:
PATRICIA SAUNDERS is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at the University of Miami. She is also the Senior Co-editor of Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, an open access peer reviewed journal. Her book publications include Alienation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) and Buyers Beware: Insurgency and Consumption in Caribbean Popular Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2022). She is also the co-editor of Music. Memory. Resistance: Calypso and the Literary Imagination (Ian Randle Press, 2007). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Journal of West Indian Literature, Small Axe, Plantation Society in the Americas, the Bucknell Review, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and Feminist Studies.
About the Moderator:
Dr. YANIQUE HUME is an interdisciplinary scholar, priestess, dancer, and choreographer who specializes in the festive and sacred arts and popular cultures of the Caribbean and broader African Diaspora. She is Head of the Department of Cultural Studies and Lecturer at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. Dr. Hume is the co-editor of Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (2013); Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance (2016); and Passages and Afterworlds: Anthropological Perspectives on Death in the Caribbean (2018). She has also conducted substantial research on the creative and cultural industries of the Caribbean. She is President of KOSANBA: The Scholarly Association for the Study of Haitian Vodou and other Africana Religions and is a member of the Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Consortium. As a dancer and choreographer, Dr. Hume has worked with companies in her native Jamaica as well as in Cuba, Haiti, and Brazil. She is the recipient of grants from the Social Science Research Council, the International Development Research Centre, Ford Foundation, and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.