"Colon Man a Come": Mythographies of Panama Canal Migration (Caribbean Studies)
By: Rhonda Frederick (author)Paperback
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To date, there has been no literary examination of the Col-n Man even though he recurs in 19th and 20th century Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean Literatures. Named for PanamO's Caribbean port city, the Col-n Man has been the subject of historical, sociological, and geographical scholarship. He, however, has escaped the domain of literary investigation until now. Author Rhonda Frederick brings us the first ever book-length study of the literary representations of the Col-n Man. Fictive accounts of PanamO migration draw on precisely what has been little documented or not at all. In other words, this region's literature and songs, as well as Col-n Men's recollections, complicate existing studies. These first person accounts and creative narratives-in the form of song, stories, literature, etc.-of isthmian migration suggest that fictive renditions of canal work and workers represent Col-n Men's undocumented, unknown, and/or ignored realities.
'Col-n Man a Come:' Mythographies of PanamO Canal Migration examines several works of fiction: George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin, Michael Thelwell's The Harder They Come, Eric Walrond's Tropic Death, Claude McKay's Banana Bottom and Maryse Conde's Tree of Life. And, perhaps most significantly, this book relies on the personal narratives and songs of Col-n Men to support the forgotten, lost, ignored and yet imaginable truths of PanamO Canal migration.
Rhonda Frederick is assistant professor of English at Boston College.
Chapter 1 History/Histories/Stories: Narrating the Panama Canal and Colon Men Chapter 2 "The Money Was Paid Small, but We Live Big:" Epistolary Narratives of the Panama Canal Chapter 3 "Colon Man a Come:" Isthmian Migrants in The Harder They Come and In the Castle of My Skin Chapter 4 "With him watch chain/a knock him belly:" Migration, Masculinity, and the Colon Man in Banana Bottom, "Window," and Tropic Death Chapter 5 Out of One, Many People: Disorderly Narrations and the Colon Man in Maryse Conde's Tree of Life: A Novel of the Caribbean Chapter 6 Conclusion: Panama Woman a Come
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