The Accidental Modernist: Thomas MacDermot and Jamaican Literature

  • Leah Reade Rosenberg


Jamaica’s early cultural nationalism was of a piece with the cultural nationalisms of nineteenth-century Trinidad. As in Trinidad, an Afro-creole class emerged in Jamaica to establish a network of newspapers, literary societies, and mutual aid organizations to articulate political demands, cultural identities, and, not insignificantly, Jamaican modernity. In Jamaica, however, this network did not emerge until the turn of the twentieth century. Jamaican nationalism also differed in two other important regards from its Trinidadian counterpart: it made the production of a national literature a strong priority, and it included a broad spectrum of racial and ethnic groups.


Colonial Government National Literature Spirit Possession Folk Religion Folk Culture 


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