Academic responses to Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction are posted as soon as they become available.




  • Rohrleitner, Marion Christina. Rev. of Market Aesthetics by Elena Machado Sáez and Salvage Work by Angela Naimou. MELUS 41.1 (Spring 2016): 230-236.MELUS cover
    • Rohrleitner argues that “Market Aesthetics draws attention to the reasons, possibilities, and limitations inherent in the rise of historical fiction in Caribbean diasporic literature and offers a richly contextualized discussion of the effect of multicultural debates and a globalizing market on the production and consumption of literature.” She specifically highlights Chapter One, “Mixed Blessings: Readerships, Postcolonial Ethics, and the Problem of Intimacy,” as “particularly insightful and effective” and envisions this chapter as “a staple assignment in all of my graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in Latina/o and Caribbean diasporic literatures.”


  • Socolovsky, Maya. Rev. of Market Aesthetics by Elena Machado Sáez. College Literature 43.2 (April 2016): 470-472.College Literature
    • Socolovsky asserts that “Machado Sáez makes a valuable and original contribution to the field of Caribbean diasporic literature with her superb analysis not only of the fiction itself but also of its global contexts, its ethics of writing production and reading strategies, and its paratexts […] The scope of the work is impressive, as is the insistent call that underlies all the readings, for us to be attentive to our ethical sensibilities and obligations as scholars and readers of Caribbean historical fiction.”



  • Ulibarri, Kristy L. Rev. of Market Aesthetics by Elena Machado Sáez. Caribbean Studies 43.1 (January-June 2015): 237-240.crb.43.1_front
    • Ulibarri argues that “Machado Sáez’s call to depart from the celebratory cosmopolitanism of diaspora criticism toward a project where critics must unpack the contradictions of a market aesthetics is a significant critique for Caribbean Studies.” She notes that “In an age of globalization and multiculturalism, this book astutely demonstrates how struggles over representation are struggles about aesthetics.”