Afro-Caribbean Poetry and Ritual

  • Authors
  • Paul A. Griffith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Paul A. Griffith
      Pages 1-11
  3. Mediating Sacred Time and Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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      Pages 15-45
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      Pages 47-65
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      Pages 67-83
  4. Oratorical Play

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
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      Pages 87-107
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      Pages 109-134
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      Pages 135-157
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      Pages 189-190
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 191-219

About this book


Focusing on orally transmitted cultural forms in the Caribbean, this book reaffirms the importance of myth and symbol in folk consciousness as a mode of imaginative conceptualization. Paul A. Griffith cross-references Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott s postcolonial debates with issues at seminal sites where Caribbean imaginary insurgencies took root. This book demonstrates the ways residually oral forms distilled history, society, and culture to cleverly resist aggressions authored through colonialist presumptions. In an analysis of the archetypal patterns in the oral tradition - both literary and nonliterary, this impressive book gives insight into the way in which people think about the world and represent themselves in it.


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