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Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Editor(s): Supriya M. Nair

Pages: x & 459 pp.
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9781603291064 (cloth)
ISBN: 9781603291071 (paperback)

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“This volume offers the necessary coverage, the range of critical approaches, and the practical instruction that will make it very useful to anyone teaching the subject . . . a balanced and informed discussion.”
J. Michael Dash, New York University



This volume in the Options for Teaching series recognizes that the most challenging aspect of introducing students to anglophone Caribbean literature—the sheer variety of intellectual and artistic traditions in Western and non-Western cultures that relate to it—also offers the greatest opportunities to teachers. Courses on anglophone literature in the Caribbean can consider the region’s specific histories and contexts even as they explore common issues: the legacies of slavery, colonialism, and colonial education; nationalism; exile and migration; identity and hybridity; class and racial conflict; gender and sexuality; religion and ritual. While considering how the availability of materials shapes syllabi, this volume recommends print, digital, and visual resources for teaching.

The essays examine a host of topics, including the following:

  • the development of multiethnic populations in the Caribbean and the role of various creole languages in the literature
  • oral art forms, such as dub poetry and reggae music
  • the influence of anglophone literature in the Caribbean on literary movements outside it, such as the Harlem Renaissance and black British writing
  • Carnival
  • religious rituals and beliefs
  • specific genres such as slave narratives and autobiography
  • film and drama
  • the economics of rum
Many essays list resources for further reading, and the volume concludes with a section of additional teaching resources.

Contributors
Nicole N. Aljoe
Giselle Liza Anatol
Alisa K. Braithwaite
Albert Braz
Joshua Albert Brewer
Timothy Chin
Carolyn Cooper
Grant Farred
Rhonda Frederick
Shane Graham
Vivian Nun Halloran
John C. Hawley
Brinda Mehta
Paula Morgan
Denise deCaires Narain
Jennifer P. Nesbitt
Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Louis J. Parascandola
Mimi Pipino
Elaine Savory
April Shemak
Faith Smith
Karina Smith
Elizabeth Way

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