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Creole IndigeneityBetween Myth and Nation in the Caribbean$
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Shona N. Jackson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677757

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677757.001.0001

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“God’s Golden City”: Myth, Paradox, and the Propter Nos

“God’s Golden City”: Myth, Paradox, and the Propter Nos

(p.111) 3 “God’s Golden City”: Myth, Paradox, and the Propter Nos
Creole Indigeneity

Shona N. Jackson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes the myth of El Dorado “located” in Guyana as a founding myth for social formation in the Caribbean region, and as part of a discursive framework for cultural and political articulations of Caribbean modernity. By examining colonial and contemporary reinscriptions of the myth, the chapter seeks to understand how Caribbean subjects are represented within plantation social hierarchy and labor similar to Caliban, while simultaneously being fitted into and refashioning the discursive structure of the myth to suit their own needs. The myth works by encoding consquistadorial attitudes that first managed the difference of Indigenous Peoples in a way that remains productive for postcoloniality, and allows for representation of the land as no longer existing for the sake of God or for the colonizer, but, according to Wynter, propter nos or for the sake of the Creole.

Keywords:   myth, Caribbean modernity, Caribbean, El Dorado, Indigenous Peoples, postcoloniality, propter nos, Creole, plantation social hierarchy

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