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The beginnings of Caribbean literature lie hidden In the folklore of the plantation era and in the prim, condescending travelogues, the exotic novels, and the apparently naive slave narratives - often authored by Whites - that began to appear as early as the eighteenth century. Francis Williams, the classically educated Black poet of 18th century Jamaica, used conventional Augustan poetics to protest racism and assert the common humanity of mankind. The vision draws from Caribbean life. By the 19th century some black poets began to write of their own concerns and experiences, some writing in the local vernacular.
The essays in this book are intended to introduce the reader to the wide range of important Caribbean writers, from the pioneers to the contemporaries.
Caribbean writers, Caribbean literature, Caribbean life, identity
School of Arts and Sciences
African Studies | English Language and Literature | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
Dance, Daryl Cumber. Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.