Comment here for the first two chapters of Oscar Wao. Consider this for today–like many things we have read this semester (Things Fall Apart, Beloved, “A Good Man…”, Angels in America, etc.), Oscar Wao begins with an epigraph quote. But unlike those works, which quote sacred texts or high-brow poetry to give a sense of dignity and grandeur, Oscar Wao‘s portentous opening quote is from The Fantastic Four. (Granted, it is followed by a Derek Walcott poem.) What do you make of that? Why open an ambitious, literary novel by quoting Galactus?
Other Anglophone Caribbean Writers (alongside Diaz, Walcott, Kincaid, and Goodison):
V. S. Naipual (Trinidadian, novelist, major works A House for Mr. Biswas and A Bend in the River)
Jean Rhys (Dominican, novelist, major work Wide Sargasso Sea)
Edwidge Danticat (Haitian, essayist and fiction writer, major work Krik? Krak!)
Julia Alvarez (Dominican, poet and novelist, major work How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents)