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Afro-Greeks: Dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century [NOOK Book]

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Afro-Greeks examines the reception of Classics in the English-speaking Caribbean, from about 1920 to the beginning of the 21st century. Emily Greenwood focuses on the ways in which Greco-Roman antiquity has been put to creative use in Anglophone Caribbean literature, and relates this regional classical tradition to the educational context, specifically the way in which Classics was taught in the colonial school curriculum. Discussions of Caribbean literature
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Afro-Greeks: Dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century

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Overview

Afro-Greeks examines the reception of Classics in the English-speaking Caribbean, from about 1920 to the beginning of the 21st century. Emily Greenwood focuses on the ways in which Greco-Roman antiquity has been put to creative use in Anglophone Caribbean literature, and relates this regional classical tradition to the educational context, specifically the way in which Classics was taught in the colonial school curriculum. Discussions of Caribbean literature
tend to assume an antagonistic relationship between Classics, which is treated as a legacy of empire, and Caribbean literature. While acknowledging the importance of this imperial context, Greenwood argues that Caribbean appropriations of Classics played an important role in formulating original,
anti-colonial and anti-imperial criticism in Anglophone Caribbean fiction. Afro-Greeks reveals how, in the twentieth century, two generations of Caribbean writers, including Kamau Brathwaite, Austin Clarke, John Figueroa, C. L. R. James, V. S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott and Eric Williams, created a distinctive, regional counter-tradition of reading Greco-Roman Classics.
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"Greenwood has performed an invaluable service to 'postcolinial' scholarship by her engaging account based on meticulous research...Afro-Greek is a thoughtful and eloquent account of the complex strategic space that leading Carribean intellectuals have carved out for themselves in a postcolonial landscape."—New West Indian Guide
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191610318
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Series: Classical Presences
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Emily Greenwood is Associate Professor of Classics at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Introduction Goodbye to Hellas 1

Introduction Overview of Chapters 14

1 An Accidental Homer: Accidents of Homeric Reception in the Modern Caribbean 20

2 Classics as School of Empire 69

3 Translatio studii et imperii: The Manipulation of Latin in Modern Caribbean Literature 112

4 The Athens of the Caribbean: Trinidadian Models of Athenian Democracy 186

5 Caribbean Classics and the Postcolonial Canon 226

Bibliography 253

Index 283

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