Violating Virgins

Symbolic Violence in Tiphanie Yanique’s Land of Love and Drowning

Rebecca Romdhani

DOI: 10.4324/9781003110231-4

Virgin Islander Tiphanie Yanique’s controversial novel Land of Love and Drowning (2014) can be a confusing and uncomfortable, yet somehow familiar, read. Reviews of and literary criticism on the novel offer diverse opinions and, as I will argue, have to date merely skimmed the surface of what is an extremely complex book. The reader needs to play detective and persevere through feelings of disgust to begin to understand and appreciate the brilliance of Yanique’s novel. This chapter will methodically investigate the clues contained in the text and in its paratexts in order to establish precisely Yanique’s intervention ...

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