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The Politics of Race in PanamaAfro-Hispanic and West Indian Literary Discourses of Contention$
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Sonja Stephenson Watson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049861

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049861.001.0001

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Beyond Blackness?

Beyond Blackness?

New-Generation Afro-Panamanian Writers Melanie Taylor and Carlos Oriel Wynter Melo

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(p.128) 5 Beyond Blackness?
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The Politics of Race in Panama
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Sonja Stephenson Watson

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049861.003.0006

This chapter engages the respective feminist and postmodern literature of Taylor and Wynter Melo who are both of Panamanian and West Indian ancestry. Born after 1970, both writers clearly identify as black yet this racial identification does not manifest in their literary repertoire. Short stories by Taylor and Wynter Melo interrogate black identity in twenty-first century Panama and provide a road map to racial consolidation and the forging of Afro-Panamanian identity and unity.

Keywords:   Postmodernism, Feminism, Panama

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