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Title:
Anglophone Caribbean poetry, 1970-2001 : an annotated bibliography
Author:
Williams, Emily Allen.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xxii, 191 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313317477
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Book

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Summary

Caribbean poetry written in English has been attracting growing amounts of scholarly attention. The first substantial annotated bibliography of primary and secondary materials related to the topic, this reference chronicles the development of Anglophone Caribbean poetry from 1970 through 2001. Included are nearly 900 entries for anthologies, reference works, conference proceedings, critical studies, interviews, and recorded works. The volume also includes a chronology, an overview of the development and significance of Caribbean poetry in English, and extensive indexes.

In 1971 the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies held a conference on West Indian literature at the University of the West Indies. This was the first assembly for the discussion of West Indian literature by West Indian people on West Indian soil. Since then, interest in Caribbean poetry written in English has grown dramatically. Caribbean poetry was influenced by the American Black Power movement during the 1970s, and women poets began to contribute their voices throughout the 1980s. Caribbean poets have, in turn, gained greater access to publishing outlets, resulting in a wider international readership and a corresponding increase in scholarly and critical studies. This book is the first substantial annotated bibliography of primary and secondary materials related to Caribbean poetry written in English.

The volume begins with the rise of interest in Anglophone Caribbean poetry in the 1970s and continues through 2001. Included are entries for nearly 900 anthologies, reference works, conference proceedings, critical studies, interviews, and recordings. The entries are grouped in chapters devoted to particular types of works. In addition, the volume includes a chronology, a discussion of the history of Anglophone Caribbean poetry, and extensive indexes.


Author Notes

Emily Allen Williams is Assistant Professor of English at Morehouse College and has been a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies.


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Choice Review

Williams intends to fill the need for a comprehensive bibliographic guide to poetry from the former British Caribbean territories--both island and mainland--that reflects the growth of this Anglophone tradition from the early 1970s to 2001. These decades cover the "independence" and "postcolonial generation" writers of the Caribbean Basin Region and its diaspora. Included are well-known writers like Derek Walcott and Dionne Brand, but Williams's work will be valued primarily for the wide net it casts to make writers like Rachel Manley, Jean "Binta" Breeze, Mutabaruka, and over 350 others accessible to a broad, fresh readership of students, teachers, and researchers. A short, solid introduction and time line are followed by annotated listings of anthologies, reference works, conference proceedings, individual poets' works, criticism (classed in five broad but useful categories), interviews, recorded works (audio and video), and a guide for further reading. The useful author index leads to works by and about poets. Although the book is well planned and well executed overall, the subject index is spotty and incomplete. Williams has made an important contribution that belongs in all good collections of Caribbean literature and culture. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. College, research, and public libraries. M. H. Loe SUNY College at Oswego


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xi
Selected Timeline of Anglophone Caribbean Poetryp. xvii
I. Anthologiesp. 1
II. References: Bibliographies, Dictionaries, and Indexesp. 15
III. Conference Proceedingsp. 23
IV. Poets' (Individual) Collectionsp. 29
V. Criticism: Casebooks, Journal Essays and Monographs
A. Author and Textp. 79
B. Aesthetics and Theoryp. 99
C. Gender and Sexualityp. 113
D. History and Culturep. 121
E. Politics and Racep. 129
VI. Interviewsp. 131
VII. Recorded Works (Audio and Audio-Visual)p. 141
VIII. Guide to Further Readingp. 151
Author Indexp. 159
Title Indexp. 169
Subject Indexp. 189