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Caribbean Literature After Independence: The Case of Earl Lovelace
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Caribbean Literature After Independence: The Case of Earl Lovelace (Paperback)

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Trinidad, historically located at the crossroads of the Americas, has produced an incomparable national literature, fashioning genres that have informed the Caribbean region as a whole. One of the greatest contemporary Trinidadian writers is Earl Lovelace. His novelistic performative epics combine the rhythms of steelband and calypso with the narrative complexity of Faulkner. Lovelace was an early enthusiast for Black Power and remains an indefatigable critic of the inequalities bequeathed by the post-Independence state. Embracing an aesthetic that seeks out the darkness of the nation - the traces of Africa, the passions of the black dispossessed, the liturgies of the Shouter churches - he strives to imagine a society which might at last break free from its colonial past, dramatizing the political and psychic struggles of the poor for selfhood. This is the first published volume to assess Lovelace's fiction and also his larger role in Caribbean letters. The contributors to this book include: J. Dillon Brown (Washington University, St.

Louis), Chris Campbell (Queen Mary, University of London), Louis James (emeritus professor, University of Kent), Nicole King (Royal Holloway, University of London), Aaron Love (New York University), Patricia Murray (London Metropolitan University), James Procter (Newcastle University), Kate Quinn (Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London), Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of London), Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary, University of London), Lawrence Scott (University of Trinidad and Tobago), and John Thieme (University of East Anglia).

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: general Publisher: University of London Institute of Latin American Studies Publication Date: 01/03/2008 ISBN-13: 9781900039918  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Bill Schwarz teaches in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London. Most recently he has edited West Indian Intellectuals in Britain (2003) and The Locations of George Lamming (2007). He is an editor of History Workshop Journal.

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