A History of Literature in the Caribbean: Hispanic and francophone regions

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Albert James Arnold, Julio Rodríguez-Luis, J. Michael Dash
John Benjamins Publishing, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 579 pages
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This history for the first time charts the literature of the entire Caribbean, the islands as well as continental littoral, as one cultural region. It breaks new ground in establishing a common grid for reading literatures that have been kept separate by their linguistic frontiers. Readers will have access to the best current scholarship on the evolution of popular and literate cultures in the various regions since their earliest emergence."The History of Literature in the Caribbean" brings together the most distinguished team of literary Caribbeanists ever assembled, cutting across ideological commitments and critical methods. Differences in point of view between individual contributors are left intact here as the sign of the colonial inheritance of the region. Introductions and conclusions to the various sections of the History written by the respective subeditors, set them in proper perspective. The unique synoptic aspect of the History lies in its comprehensiveness and its range, which are unequaled."Contributors" A. James Arnold, Julio Rodriguez-Luis, H. Lopez Morales, Maria Elena Rodriguez Castro, Silvio Torres Saillant, Seymour Menton, Ian I. Smart, Efrain Barradas, Raquel Chang-Rodriguez, Carlos Alonso, Ivan A. Schulman, W.L. Siemens, William Luis, Gustavo Pellon, Emilio Bejel, Sandra M. Cypess, Peter Earle, Adriana Mndez Rodenas, J. Michael Dash, Ulrich Fleischmann, Maximilien Laroche, Rgis Antoine, Lon-Franois Hoffmann, Randolph Hezekiah, Bridget Jones, F.I. Case, Marie-Denise Shelton, Beverly Ormerod, J. Michael Dash, Jack Corzani, Anthea Morrison, Juris Silenieks, Frantz Fanon, Vere Knight.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
The History of Literary Language
9
Education in the Hispanic Antilles
27
The WorkingClass Cultural Project in Cuba and Puerto Rico
35
Anatomy of a Troubled Identity
49
Colombian Literature
65
West Indian Writing in Central America
75
An Outline for a History of Spanish
85
One Two or Three Literatures?
317
Literature and Folklore in the Francophone Caribbean
341
The Caribbean in Metropolitan French Writing
349
Haitian Sensibility
365
Time and Space
379
French Guiana
389
Conclusions
399
Introduction
407

Afterword
95
Introduction
101
Colonial Voices of the Hispanic Caribbean
111
Fiction
141
The Poetic Production of Cuba Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic
155
The Twentieth Century
165
The Novel
177
The Short Story in the Hispanic Antilles
191
The Caribbeans Contribution to the Boom
209
Poetry
221
The Theater
239
The Essay
263
The Historical Image
283
Conclusions
295
Introduction
309
Novels of Social and Political Protest to the 1950s
415
From the 1960s to the 1980s
427
The Subjective Vision
435
Exile and Recent Literature
451
Poetry Before Negritude
465
Then and Now
479
New Voices
485
Theater to the Negritude Era
507
Postnegritude Developments
517
Before and Beyond Negritude
529
Frantz Fanon
547
The Essay and in History
559
Index to Names
567
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About the author (1994)

Rodriguez-Luis is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

J. MICHAEL DASH is a Professor of French at New York University, and is a specialist of Haitian culture and literature.