Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1800-1920

Alison Donnell (Editor), Evelyn O'Callaghan (Editor), Tim Watson (Editor)

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This volume examines what Caribbean literature looked like before 1920 by surveying the print culture of the period. The emphasis is on narrative, including an enormous range of genres, in varying venues, and in multiple languages of the Caribbean. Essays examine lesser-known authors and writing previously marginalized as nonliterary: popular writing in newspapers and pamphlets; fiction and poetry such as romances, sentimental novels, and ballads; non-elite memoirs and letters, such as the narratives of the enslaved or the working classes, especially women. Many contributions are comparative, multilingual, and regional. Some infer the cultural presence of subaltern groups within the texts of the dominant classes. Almost all of the chapters move easily between time periods, linking texts, writers, and literary movements in ways that expand traditional notions of literary influence and canon formation. Using literary, cultural, and historical analyses, this book provides a complete re-examination of early Caribbean literature.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages498
Volumevol 1
ISBN (Electronic)9781108654043
ISBN (Print)9781108475884
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameCaribbean Literature in Transition, 1800-2020
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • Caribbean Literature History Tradition

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