Narrative Mutations: Discourses of Heredity and Caribbean by Rudyard J. Alcocer

By Rudyard J. Alcocer

During this booklet, Rudyard Alcocer deals a thought of Caribbean narrative, accounting for the advanced interactions among medical and literary discourses whereas increasing the horizons of narrative reviews typically.

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In this regard, Deborah Steinberg has recently shown how a popular 1991 BBC lecture series on genetics registers the complexities and dangers of what might otherwise be considered a neutral, objective discourse. Rather than serving to deconstruct facile understandings of race and nation by constructing “value-free” genetic maps, geneticists have instead reified such understandings. ”21 Furthermore, rather than being a liberating discourse, genetics, according to Steinberg, also upholds a disparity between the literate and the illiterate, given that only geneticists can “read” the stories our genes supposedly contain: “When Jones tells us what he reads of genes…he does not confer upon us the ability to read them ourselves” (143).

El rol de Arango consistió en manipular este discurso de plantación en términos exclusivos de azúcar; piénsese que podía haberlo hecho en términos de café o en términos de una diversificación agrícola. De esta manera su Discurso no es en rigor un discurso, sino un texto que se inserta en un discurso pre-existente de economía de plantación con la finalidad de limitarlo y regularlo. La función de Arango es afín a la del editor, pues consiste en seleccionar, excluir, anotar, subrayar, aquello que es contenido de discurso.

Moore’s basic contention is a strong one: a search for roots is a social construct that sets unnecessary boundaries between groups of people. Simply HEREDITY AND DISCURSIVITY 25 stated, however (and as Moore is well aware), family lineages and, consequently, the paths for genealogies (not to mention the groups to which we belong) are sometimes imposed from without. Ultimately, perhaps Walcott’s vision of a society that can afford to lose interest in genealogy is more desirable (and more likely) than one that is asked to stop this interest on theoretical grounds.

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