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The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature
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The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature is an outstanding compilation of over seventy primary and secondary texts of writing from the Caribbean. Locating key writers within a specifically Caribbean framework, the editors Alison Donnell and Sarah Lawson Welsh demonstrate that these singular voices have emerged not out of a cultural void or sparse literary background, but out of a wealth of literary tradition which until now was unknown or critically neglected. Writers from 1900 to the present, both famous and less well-known, are given a voice in this remarkable anthology which encompasses poetry, short stories, essays, articles and interviews. Amongst the many represented here are: * C.L.R. James * George Lamming * Jean Rhys * Benjamin Zephaniah * Claude McKay * Jamaica Kincaid * Sylvia Wynter * Derek Walcott * David Dabydeen * Grace Nichols The editors provide an accessible historical and cultural introduction to the writings, making this volume an ideal teaching tool as well as a fascinating collection for anyone interested in the literature of the Caribbean.
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SELECTED CONTENTS: 1900-29 Introduction Prose and Poetry: C.L.R. James 'Triumph'; H.G. De Lisser 'Jane's Career'; A.R. Webber 'Those That Be in Bondage - a tale of Indian Indentures and Sunlit Western Waters'; Claude McKay 'My Native Land My Home', 'A Midnight Woman To The Bobby', 'In Bondage' and 'Flame-Heart'; Tropica 'Nana' and 'Busha's Song'; Tom Redcam 'O, Little Green Island Far Over the Sea'; JEC McFarlane 'The Fleet of the Empire'; P.M. Sherlock, 'Pocomania' 1930-49 Introduction Prose and Poetry: Una Marson 'In Vain', 'If', 'Quashie Comes to London', 'Cinema Eyes', 'Nigger'; George Campbell 'Holy', 'Oh! You Build a House'; Louise Bennett 'Jamaica Oman', 'Bedtime Story', 'Proverbs'; Roger Mais 'Listen, The Wind'; Vera Bell 'Ancestor on the Auction Block'; Mighty Sparrow 'Dan is the Man' Non-fictional Texts: C.L.R. James 'Discovering Literature in Trinidad: the Nineteen Thirties'; Alison Donnell 'Contradictory (W)omens? Gender Consciousness in the Poetry of Una Marson'; Mervyn Morris 'On Reading Louse Bennett Seriously'; V.S. Reid 'The Cultural Revolution in Jamaica After 1938'; Roger Mais 'Where the Roots Lie' 1950-1965 Introduction Prose and Poetry: Martin Carter 'The University of Hunger', 'I Come From The Nigger Yard'; Samuel Selvon 'Waiting for Aunty to Cough'; Jean Rhys 'The Day They Burnt the Books'; Elma Napier 'Carnival in Martinique' Non-Fictional Texts: George Lamming 'The Occasion for Speaking'; Sarah Lawson Welsh 'New Wine in New Bottles: The Reception of West Indian Writing in Britain in the 1950s and Early 1960s'; Evelyn O'Callaghan 'The Outsider's Voice: White Creole Women Novelists in the Caribbean Literary Tradition' 1966-1979 Introduction Non-Fictional Texts: Sylvia Wynter 'We Must Learn to Sit Down and Discuss a Little Culture'; Derek Walcott 'The Muse of History' Gordon Rohlehr 'Afterthoughts'; Kamau Brathwaite 'Jazz and the West Indian Novel I, II & III'; Rajkumari Singh 'I Am a Coolie'; 1980-1989 Introduction Prose and Poetry: Jamaica Kincaid 'Columbus in Chains'; Lorna Goodison 'Guyana Lovesong', 'For My Mother (May I Inherit Half Her Strength', 'I Am Becoming My Mother'; Linton Kwesi Johnson 'Street 66', 'Reggae fi Dadda'; Mikey Smith 'Black and White'; Hary Narain 'A Letter to the Prime Minister' The 1990s Introduction Prose and Poetry: 1. Jean Binta Breeze 'Testament'; Benjamin Zephaniah 'A Modern Slave Song'; Mutabaruka 'Dis Poem'; David Dabydeen 'The Counting House'; Lawrence Scott 'Mercy' Non-Fictional Texts: Derek Walcott 'The Antilles: Fragments of an Epic Memory'; Sylvia Wynter 'Beyond Miranda's Meanings: Un/silencing the "Demonic Ground" of Caliban's "Woman"'; Carolyn Cooper 'Writing Oral History'; Merle Hodge 'Challenges of the Struggle of Sovereignty'; Jean Binta Breeze 'Can A Dub Poet Be a Woman'

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"[P]rovides a superb introduction to the region's colorful literature...."The Reader provides sound examination and historical and cultural perspectives through the writings of such legends as C.L.R. James, Derek Walcott and Jean Rhys. It also includes some contemporary writings from such writers as Jamaica Kincaid, John Vidal and Merle Hodge." "This is an excellent collection of 20th century works of poetry, short prose, and nonfiction from Anglophone and Creole Caribbean (West Indian) literature. The editors have achieved their goal of presenting selections less readily available, provising a representative sample of both famous and less-well-known authors." -"Choice, January 1997

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