An Introduction To West Indian Poetry by Laurence A. BreinerAn Introduction To West Indian Poetry by Laurence A. Breiner

An Introduction To West Indian Poetry

byLaurence A. Breiner

Paperback | September 13, 1998

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This introduction to West Indian poetry is written for readers making their first approach to the poetry of the Caribbean written in English. It offers a comprehensive literary history from the 1920s to the 1980s, with particular attention to the relationship of West Indian poetry to European, African and American literature. Close readings of individual poems give detailed analysis of social and cultural issues at work in the writing. Laurence Breiner's exposition speaks powerfully about the defining forces in Caribbean culture from colonialism to resistance and decolonization.
Title:An Introduction To West Indian PoetryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:September 13, 1998Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521587123

ISBN - 13:9780521587129

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Table of Contents

Map of the Caribbean; Preface; Chronology for Anglophone Caribbean poetry; 1. West Indian poetry and its audience; 2. The Caribbean neighbourhood; 3. Overview of West Indian literary histories; 4. The relation to 'Europe'; 5. The relation to 'Africa'; 6. The relation to 'America'; Guide to further reading.

Editorial Reviews

"Laurence A. Breiner's Introduction to West Indian Poetry represents a fine contribution to West Indian literary studies. While a number of critical studies have been devoted to the West Indian novel, far fewer have explored the richness of the region's poetry, and Breiner's introduction is both timely and informative....the work is both ambitious in its aims and successful in achieving them, providing an excellent introduction that will be of great use to students and scholars alike." Keith Alan Sprouse, World Literature Today