Articles/Book Chapters

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(Selected articles/essays. For complete list of publications see Curriculum Vitae: paravisini-gebert-cv-october-2021

“The Oviedo Project at Vassar College.” In Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo’s Natural and General History of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea: An Exhibition. With Michael Aronna. Vassar College Library, Fall 2022.

“Religion and the Enslaved and Free Black Communities of the Caribbean (1624-1870).” The Colonial Caribbean. London: Adam Matthew, 2022.

“Caribbean Archipelagoes and Mainlands:  Building Resistance against Climate Change.” The Black Scholar 51:2 (Summer 2021): 51-62.

“Who Speaks for the Trees?: Jean Rhys’ Environmental Imagination.” Wide Sargasso Sea at Fifty: Assessing the Journey. Edited by Erica Johnson and Elaine Savory. New York: Palgrave, 2020.

The Port of Santo Domingo: Tidal Debris, Metal Pollution, and the Perils of Poverty where the Caribbean Meets the Ozama. Anthurium, 16(2): 3, 1–15. DOI:

 “Peter Doig’s Threatened Ecotone.” British Art Studies. Special issue on “The Arts, Environmental Justice and the Ecological Crisis.” November 2020.

“The Ecocritical Turn and the Study of Early Colonial Societies in the Caribbean: Of Dogs, Rivers, and the Environmental Humanities.” In A Companion for Colonial Latin American and Caribbean Studies (1492-1898). Edited by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel and Santa Arias. New York: Routledge, 2020.

“The Debris of Caribbean History: Literature, Art and Archipelagic Plastic.” Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations, 259-280. Edited by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel and Michelle Stephens. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.

“Review of Puerto Rico Syllabus: Essential Tools for Critical Thinking about the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis”  sx archipelagos. Fall 2019.

Pedro Cabiya’s Wicked Weeds: A Review. Review 97 (2018).

“Preface” to Marie Chauvet’s Theatres of Revolt: Intersections of Action, Aesthetics, and Adaptation. Edited by Christian Flaugh and Lena Taub Robles. Amsterdam: Brill, 2018.

“Poetry in Review: Poet in Spain: Federico García Lorca.” Yale Review 106:3 (2018): 156-162.

“The Parrots of the Caribbean: Facing the Uncertainties of Climate Change.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America. XVIII:3 (Spring-Summer 2018): 45-48.

The Ghost and the Darkness: Caribbean Hauntings.” In The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story. Edited by Scott Brewster and Luke Thurston. London: Routledge, 2017.

The Caribbean’s Agonizing Seashores: Tourism Resorts, Art, and the Future of the Region’s Coastlines.” Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, 278-288. Edited by Ursula Heisse et al. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Gade nan mizè-a m tonbe: Vodou Practices and Haiti’s Environmental Catastrophe.” In The Caribbean: Aesthetics, Ecology, Politics, 63-80. Edited by Michael Niblett et al. Liverpool (UK): Liverpool University Press, 2017.

Review of Carlos Mondragón’s Un entramado de islas. Island Studies Journal 12.2 (November 2017).

“’All misfortune comes from the cut trees ’: Marie Chauvet’s Environmental Imagination.” Yale French Studies 128 (2016): 74-91.

Food, Biodiversity, Extinctions: Caribbean Fauna and the Struggle for Food Security during the Conquest of the New World.” Journal of West Indian Literature. Special Issue on Literature and the Environment. Edited by Elaine Savory. 24:2 (November 2016): 11-26.

Bagasse: Caribbean Art and the Debris of the Plantation.” In Global Ecologies: Postcolonial Approaches to the Environmental Humanities. Edited by Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Jill Didus and Anthony Carrigan. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Bitter Sugar- Teaching the Caribbean Plantation through the Arts .” In Re-imagining the Caribbean: Teaching Creole, French and Spanish Caribbean Literatures. Edited by Sandra Cypess and Valérie K. Orlando. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.

Fluid Ecologies-Hispanic Caribbean Art from Vassar’s Permanent Collection. Exhibition Catalog. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, January 26-May 8, 2016.

Gatherings: María Magdalena Campos-Pons and the Art of RecoveryE-misferica 11:2 (2015). Special Issue on Rasanblaj. Edited by Gina Ulysse.

Extinctions: Chronicles of Vanishing Fauna in the Caribbean.In The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, 340-357. Edited by Greg Garrard. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Porfirio Rubirosa: Masculinity, Race, and the Jet-Setting Male. In Latin American Icons. Edited by Dianna C. Niebylski and Patrick O’Connor. Nashville: University of Vanderbilt Press, 2014.

Phyllis Allfrey: The PoetThe Missing Slate (Issue 12/Caribbean Writers).

Mourning the Dead of St. Pierre in the Yellow Presssx Salon12 (May 2013). 

Saving Gros Islet- Vanishing Caribbean Spaces in Derek Walcott’s Poetry and ArtSargasso (Fall 2011): 13-27.

Maria Sibylla Merian The Dawn of Field Ecology in the Forests of Suriname 1699-1701Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas 45:1 (2012): 10-20.

Not the Earthquake’s Fault (with Brian McAdoo). Nature [Geoscience]. 4 (March 2011): 210–211.

Repeating Islands: Caribbean Culture in Cyberspace(with Ivette Romero-Cesareo).  Small Axe Salon.February 2011.

Deforestation and the Yearning for Lost Landscapes in Caribbean Literatures. In Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment. Edited by Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Creole Religion of the Caribbean. (with Margarite Fernández Olmos). In Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook. Edited by Claudio Remeseira. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

Caribbean Utopias and Dystopias: The Emergence of the Environmental Writer and Artist. In The Natural World in Latin American Literatures: Ecocritical Essays on Twentieth Century Writings. Edited by Adrian Kane. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2009.

American’ Landscapes, Erasures, and Recoveries: Frederic Church’s The Vale of St. Thomas and the Recovery of History in Landscape Painting.In Perspectives on the “Other America”: Comparative Approaches to Caribbean and Latin American Literature. Edited by Kerstin Oloff and Michael Niblett. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009.

Sacred Forms: Ritual, Representation, and the Body in Haitian Painting.In Bodies Beautiful: Aesthetic Dimensions of Religion in the African Diaspora. Edited by Anthony Pinn. New York: Palgrave, 2009, 91-112.

Soi-Disant Columbuses: The Discovery of Dominica’s Boilig Lake and the Commodification of Knowledge in Colonial Settings.New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 82:3/4 (2008):55-82.

The Children of the Sea: Uncovering Images of the Botpippel Experience in Caribbean Art and Literature. (with Martha Daisy Kellehan). In Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Literature and Culture. Edited by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert and Ivette Romero Cesareo. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008.

Endangered Species: Ecology and the Discourse of NationIn Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Literature and Culture. Edited by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert and Ivette Romero Cesareo. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008.

Jean Rhys’s HEAT and the Tragedy of Mont Pelée. In Come Weep with Me: Loss and Mourning in Anglophone Women’s Writing. Edited by Joyce Harte. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2007.

‘He of the Trees’: Nature, the Environment, and Creole Religiosities in Caribbean Literature. In Caribbean Literatures and the Environment. Edited by Elizabeth DeLoughrey et al. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2005, pp. 182-196.

Las aventuras de Anne Bonny y Mary Read: el travestismo y la historia de la piratería femenina en el Caribe. In Género y cultura en América Latina: Arte, historia y estudios de género. Edited by Luzelena Gutiérrez de Velasco. México: PIEM (Colegio de México), 2004.

The Haitian Revolution in Interstices and Shadows: A Re-Reading of The Kingdom of this World.Research in African Literatures 35:2 (Summer 2004): 114-127.

Caribbean Literature in Spanish. In The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature. Edited by Abiola Irele and Simon Gikandi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 370-410.

Unchained Tales: Women Writers from the Spanish Caribbean and the 1990s.Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 22:4 (2003): 445-464.

Colonial and Post-Colonial Gothic: The Caribbean. In The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Literature. Edited by Gerrold Hodges. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 229-257.

Mrs. Seacole’s Wonderful Adventures in Many Lands and the Consciousness of Transit. In Black Victorians/Black Victoriana. Edited by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003, pp. 71-87.

Oriental Imprisonments: Habaneras as Seen by Nineteenth-Century Women Travelers. Revised version of article published earlier in Revista Mexicana del Caribe. In Between Anthropology and Literature: Interdisciplinary Discourses. Edited by Rose De Angelis. London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 121-132.

Cross-Dressing on the Margins of Empire: Women Pirates and the Discourse of Caribbean National Identity in Early Colonial History. In Women at Sea: Travel Writing and the Margins of Caribbean Discourse. Edited by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert and Ivette Romero Cesareo. New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Richard Rodríguez’s Hunger of Memory and the Rejection of the Private Self. In U.S. Latino Literatures: A Critical Guide for Students and Teachers. Edited by Harold Augenbaum and Margarite Fernández Olmos. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000, 81-92.

Revisiting ‘Those Mean Streets’: Junot Díaz’s Drown. In U.S. Latino Literatures: A Critical Guide for Students and Teachers. Edited by Harold Augenbaum and Margarite Fernández Olmos. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000, 163-174

Introduction: Special Volume on Dominican Republic Literature and Culture, with Consuelo López Springfield. Callaloo 23:3 (Summer 2000): 819-820.

Allotropes: The Short Stories of Angela Hernández NúñezCallaloo 23:3 (Summer 2000): 983-986.

A Forgotten Outpost of Empire: Social History in Dominica and the Creative Imagination.Jean Rhys Review 10:2 (Summer 1999]:13-26.

Jean Rhys and Phyllis Shand Allfrey: The Tale of a Friendship.The Jean Rhys Review 9:1-2 (1998): 1-24.

The Alienation of Power: Planter Heroines in Caribbean Novels by Women.In The Woman, the Writer, and Caribbean Society, edited by Helen Pyne-Timothy. Los Angeles: UCLA, 1998.

Orchid House Introduction. Introduction to Phyllis Allfrey’s The Orchid House. Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Women Possessed: Eroticism and Exoticism in the Representation of Woman as Zombie.Sacred Possessions: Vodou, Santería, Obeah and the Caribbean. Edited by Margarite Fernández Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Authors Playin’ Mas’: Carnival and the Carnivalesque in the Contemporary Caribbean Novel. In History of Caribbean Literatures, edited by A. James Arnold. Vol. 3. Cross Cultural Studies. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1997.

Decolonizing Feminism: The Homegrown Roots of Caribbean Feminism. In Daughters of Caliban: Essays on 20th Century Caribbean Women. Edited by Consuelo López Springfield. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.

The Chosen Place, the Timeless People: Untenable Sisterhoods.Journal of Caribbean Studies (Winter 1997): 59-76.

La mujer y el poder en la historiografía de la plantación caribeña,Revista Mexicana del Caribe 1:1 (July-August 1996). 22pp.

Patterns of Dominance in Puerto Rican Literature: A Historical Overview. In Inside Ethnic America: An Ethnic Studies Reader, edited by Robert L. Perry and Lillian Ashcraft-Eason, 143-164. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1996.

Marie Vieux Chauvet- An Introduction.  In Women of Hispaniola, edited by Daisy Cocco De Filippis. New York: York College, 1993.

Feminism, Race and Difference in the Works of Mayotte Capécia, Michelle Lacrosil and Jacqueline ManicomCallaloo 15:1 (1992): 56-62.

The White Witch of Rosehall and the Legitimacy of Female Power in the Caribbean PlantationJournal of West Indian Literature 4:2 (1990): 25-45. Published simultaneously in Anales del Caribe 10 (1990): 145-160.

Las novelistas puertorriqueñas inexistentesCupey VI:1-2 (1989): 90-113.

Neverending Cycles and Revolutionary Ends: Revolt and Rebirth in the Contemporary Caribbean Novel. in Sargasso 6 (1989): 29-39.

On the Threshold of Becoming: Contemporary Caribbean Women Writers. (with Barbara Webb) Cimarrón 1:3 (1988): 106-132. Excerpts reprinted in Caribbean Women Writers. Edited by Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1997.

Murder in the Caribbean: In Search of DifferenceClues 7:1 (1987): 1-10.

Is It or Isn’t It?: The Duality of Parodic Detective Fiction. (with Carlos Yorio). In Comic Crime, edited by Earl Bargainnier, 181-193. Bowling Green: Bowling Green Popular Press, 1987.

[Ishmael Reed’s] Mumbo Jumbo and the Uses of ParodyObsidian II 1:1-2 (1986):113-125. Reprinted in: Contemporary Literary Criticism 60, edited by Roger Matuz, 302-304. Detroit: Gale Research Press, 1990; Black Literature Criticism. Detroit: Gale Research Press, 1991.

La renuncia del héroe Baltasar: parodia, mito e historiaPlural 4:1-2 (1985):101-108.

Luis Rafael Sánchez and Norman Mailer: Puerto Rico and the United States as Heard on the Radio.Sargasso 1:1 (1984): 20-29.


Camille Pissarro, Two Women by the Beach.