Afro-Caribbean Poetry and Ritual (Paperback)
  • Afro-Caribbean Poetry and Ritual (Paperback)

Afro-Caribbean Poetry and Ritual (Paperback)

Paperback 219 Pages / Published: 11/06/2010
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Focusing on orally transmitted cultural forms in the Caribbean, this book reaffirms the importance of myth and symbol in folk consciousness as a mode of imaginative conceptualization. Paul A. Griffith cross-references Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott s postcolonial debates with issues at seminal sites where Caribbean imaginary insurgencies took root. This book demonstrates the ways residually oral forms distilled history, society, and culture to cleverly resist aggressions authored through colonialist presumptions. In an analysis of the archetypal patterns in the oral tradition - both literary and nonliterary, this impressive book gives insight into the way in which people think about the world and represent themselves in it.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349384952
Number of pages: 219
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2010


"Interested readers will no doubt approach this volume with the expectation of learning more about poets like Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott, and they will not be disappointed." - Review of Texas Books

"Griffith s scholarship is remarkably thorough. In using the notion of the tidealectic as his controlling trope, the author manages to link a vast body of oral tradition - both literary and nonliterary - to the primal natural archetype of island cultures. This is perhaps best demonstrated in his fascinating analysis of the symbolic patterns embodied in the Limbo dance - the ebb and flow, the death and resurrection - which becomes a metaphor for the Middle Passage, the hell of slavery, and the eventual rise of free, post-colonial cultures. As the author says, It is this metaphorical rhythm of retrieval and advance, death and rebirth . . . that gives conceptual unity to a range of forms and styles in Caribbean residually oral art. " - R. S. Gwynn, editor of the Penguin Pocket Anthology

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