Creolizing Nation Language, Folklore and Science Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson's Rhetorical Strategy in Midnight Robber

Mukherjee, Paromita
July 2012
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities;2012, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p202
Academic Journal
Nalo Hopkinson, in her novel Midnight Robber (2000), blends the elements of folklore and science fiction, and uses Creole to create a unique genre that departs from the traditional methods of nation building employed by canonical Caribbean writers. The different languages that had been functioning in the Caribbean over several years have hybridized into Creoles. Hopkinson's usage of Creole sheds new light into the contemporary Caribbean culture. This paper is an exploration of Hopkinson's rhetorical strategies in the above mentioned novel, and how they aid in the formation of Caribbean national identity and discourse.


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