Studying the literature written in the West Indies as a regionally unified corpus with its own identity, this analysis examines the recurring thematic motifs and formal devices that Caribbean literary artists have drawn from during the last six decades. The dynamic study isolates the writers’ engagements with language, religion, and history as primary components of their cultural discourse and argues that West Indian literary texts contain clues to their own explication. Including authors from the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Haiti, this volume is one of the few that explores the writing of all Caribbean language regions. Revised to include updated criticism of three featured poets—Kamau Brathwaite, Pedro Mir, and Rene Depestre—this insightful and profound discussion presents a truly multicultural approach to literature.
About the Author
Silvio Torres-Saillant is an associate professor and director of the Latino-Latin American studies program at Syracuse University, the founder of the Dominican Studies Institute in New York City, and the senior editor of "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States." He is the author of "An""Intellectual History of the Caribbean," "An Introduction to Dominican Blackness," and" La Orilla: Hacia Una Nacionalidad." He lives in New York City.
"Discussions of Caribbean literary aesthetics have tended to focus on the writing of one of the main linguistic blocs of the region, and Silvio Torres-Saillant's study is a welcome addition to work that considers commonalities across these blocs." —John Thieme, World Literature Today