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Title:
Caribbeana : an anthology of English literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777
Author:
Krise, Thomas W.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xii, 358 pages : map ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780226453903

9780226453927
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Book

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Summary

Although the colonies in the West Indies were as important to the expanding British empire as those in North America, writings from the British West Indies have been conspicuously absent from anthologies of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature. In this first literary anthology dedicated to the region, Thomas W. Krise gathers important but little-known descriptions, poems, narratives, satires, and essays written in and about this culturally rich and politically tempestuous region.

Caribbeana offers invaluable period commentaries on slavery, colonialism, gender relations, African and European history, natural history, agriculture, and medicine. Highlights include several of the earliest protests against slavery; a superb ode by the Cambridge-educated Afro-Jamaican poet Francis Williams; James Grainger's extended georgic poem, The Sugar Cane; Frances Seymour's poignant tale of the Englishman Inkle who sells his Indian savior-lover Yarico into slavery; and several descriptions of the West Indies during the early years of settlement.


Summary

Although the colonies in the West Indies were as important to the expanding British empire as those in North America, writings from the British West Indies have been conspicuously absent from anthologies of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature. In this first literary anthology dedicated to the region, Thomas W. Krise gathers important but little-known descriptions, poems, narratives, satires, and essays written in and about this culturally rich and politically tempestuous region.

Caribbeana offers invaluable period commentaries on slavery, colonialism, gender relations, African and European history, natural history, agriculture, and medicine. Highlights include several of the earliest protests against slavery; a superb ode by the Cambridge-educated Afro-Jamaican poet Francis Williams; James Grainger's extended georgic poem, The Sugar Cane; Frances Seymour's poignant tale of the Englishman Inkle who sells his Indian savior-lover Yarico into slavery; and several descriptions of the West Indies during the early years of settlement.


Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on the Texts
1 Richard Ligon FromA True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados(1657)
2 Edmund Hickeringill FromJamaica Viewed(1661)
3 Thomas Tryon FromFriendly Advice to the Gentlemen-Planters of the East and West Indies(1684)
4 Edward Ward A Trip to Jamaica(1698)
5 Anonymous "A Speech Made by a Black of Guardaloupe" (1709)
6 Anonymous "The Speech of Moses Bon Saam " (1735)
7 Robert Robertson FromThe Speech of Mr. John Talbot Campo-bell(1736)
8 Frances Seymour "The Story of Inkle and Yarico" and "An Epistle from Yarico to Inkle, After he had left her in Slavery" (1738)
9 The "Ingenious Lady" of Barbados Poems FromCaribbeana(1741)
10 James Grainger The Sugar Cane: A Poem, In Four Books(1764)
11 John Singleton FromA General Description of the West-Indian Islands(1767)
12 Francis Williams "Carmen, An Ode," FromA History of Jamaica(by Edward Long) (1774)
13 Anonymous FromJamaica, a Poem, In Three Parts(1777)
Notes
Introduction
A Note on the Texts
1 Richard Ligon FromA True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados(1657)
2 Edmund Hickeringill FromJamaica Viewed(1661)
3 Thomas Tryon FromFriendly Advice to the Gentlemen-Planters of the East and West Indies(1684)
4 Edward Ward A Trip to Jamaica(1698)
5 Anonymous "A Speech Made by a Black of Guardaloupe" (1709)
6 Anonymous "The Speech of Moses Bon Saam " (1735)
7 Robert Robertson FromThe Speech of Mr. John Talbot Campo-bell(1736)
8 Frances Seymour "The Story of Inkle and Yarico" and "An Epistle from Yarico to Inkle, After he had left her in Slavery" (1738)
9 The "Ingenious Lady" of Barbados Poems FromCaribbeana(1741)
10 James Grainger The Sugar Cane: A Poem, In Four Books(1764)
11 John Singleton FromA General Description of the West-Indian Islands(1767)
12 Francis Williams "Carmen, An Ode," FromA History of Jamaica(by Edward Long) (1774)
13 Anonymous FromJamaica, a Poem, In Three Parts(1777)
Notes

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