‘She saw a soucouyant’
Locating the globalgothic
in Globalgothic
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This chapter presents analyses of textual dislocations and oral transformations of gothic narratives within a Canadian diasporic novel, David Chariandy's Soucouyant, which employs transnational gothic tropes from the vampire to the soucouyant. The globalgothic of Soucouyant attempts to circumvent the fears and anxieties of a breakdown in local communities and personal subjectivity. The diasporic shifts in boundaries and the migratory flights found in Soucouyant invoke a politics of location that disrupts points of order and invades the strongholds of reason. In the narrator's description of the soucouyant, skin plays a central role. Soucouyant moves fluidly from spirit possession and vampirism to the suffering caused by the overdetermined signifier known as presenile dementia. By linking such figures to the degenerative illness, Chariandy is primarily interested in an incapacitating state of unbecoming.

Editor: Glennis Byron


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