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New Caribbean Studies

Literary Histories of the Early Anglophone Caribbean

Islands in the Stream

Editors: Aljoe, Nicole N., Carey, Brycchan, Krise, Thomas W (Eds.)

  • Offers readings and contextualisation of important early Caribbean texts
  • Looks to explore and define aspects of the field of early Caribbean literary history, challenging the idea that the Early Caribbean was a region with significant 'native' literary cultures
  • Contains analysis that will be useful to scholars from other disciplines, such as Early American and Black Atlantic literatures, history, gender, and sexuality studies
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About this book

The Caribbean has traditionally been understood as a region that did not develop a significant ‘native’ literary culture until the postcolonial period. Indeed, most literary histories of the Caribbean begin with the texts associated with the independence movements of the early twentieth century.  However, as recent research has shown, although the printing press did not arrive in the Caribbean until 1718, the roots of Caribbean literary history predate its arrival.  This collection contributes to this research by filling a significant gap in literary and historical knowledge with the first collection of essays specifically focused on the literatures of the early Caribbean before 1850.

About the authors

Nicole N. Aljoe is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Northeastern University, USA. She is co-director of The Early Caribbean Digital Archive and editor of Caribbeana: The Journal of the Early Caribbean Society. Author of Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709-1836 (Palgrave, 2012), she also co-edited Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas (2014).

Brycchan Carey is Professor of English at Northumbria University, UK. He is the author of British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility: Writing, Sentiment, and Slavery, 1760–1807 (Palgrave, 2005) and From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1658–1761 (2012). His edition of Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative was published in 2018.

Thomas W. Krise is President Emeritus and Professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, USA.  A former president of the Early Caribbean Society and the Society of Early Americanists, he is the editor of Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777 (1999).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Aljoe, Nicole N. (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • “Memory, Rememory, and the Moral Constitution of Caribbean Literary History”

    Sandiford, Keith

    Pages 11-35

  • Early Caribbean Evangelical Life Narrative

    Thomas, Sue

    Pages 37-59

  • The Promise of the Tropics: Wealth, Illness, and African Bodies in Early Anglo-Caribbean Medical Writing

    Wisecup, Kelly

    Pages 61-80

  • Order, Disorder, and Reorder: The Paradox of Creole Representations in Caribbeana (1741)

    Harris, Jo Anne

    Pages 81-105

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71592-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71591-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Histories of the Early Anglophone Caribbean
Book Subtitle
Islands in the Stream
Editors
  • Nicole N. Aljoe
  • Brycchan Carey
  • Thomas W Krise
Series Title
New Caribbean Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71592-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71592-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71591-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 231
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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