An Introduction to West Indian Poetry

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Februar 2003



This introduction to West Indian poetry is written for readers making their first approach to the poetry of the Caribbean written in English. It offers a comprehensive literary history from the 1920s to the 1980s, with particular attention to the relationship of West Indian poetry to European, African and American literature. Close readings of individual poems give detailed analysis of social and cultural issues at work in the writing. Laurence Breiner's exposition speaks powerfully about the defining forces in Caribbean culture from colonialism to resistance and decolonization.


Map of the Caribbean; Preface; Chronology for Anglophone Caribbean poetry; 1. West Indian poetry and its audience; 2. The Caribbean neighbourhood; 3. Overview of West Indian literary histories; 4. The relation to 'Europe'; 5. The relation to 'Africa'; 6. The relation to 'America'; Guide to further reading.


'This book is a superb introduction to West Indian poetry and to one of the most important sectors of the postcolonial scene. Students using this book will come out of the experience with an excellent mastery of the primary texts of West Indian literature and the issues that motivated it.' Simon Gikandi, University of Michigan
EAN: 9780521583312
ISBN: 0521583314
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2003
Seitenanzahl: 288 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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