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“Under the Hog Plum Tree”: Literary Claims for Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Trinidad

  • Leah Reade Rosenberg

Abstract

The literary history of Trinidad traditionally began in the 1920s with the Beacon Group, one of the cells Ramchand presented as precursors to the literature of the 1950s. This tradition is beginning to be challenged as a growing number of nineteenth-century novels are being reprinted. This small and fascinating collection of fiction demonstrates that Trinidadians produced politically engaged literature nearly a century earlier than the Beacon Group. Their works confound the prevailing assumption that the region’s literature progressed in a linear fashion toward anticolonial politics and aesthetic of the mid-twentieth century.

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Black Middle Class True Imperialism European Ideal English History Free People 
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