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

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"Afro-Greeks explores dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean literature and the complex legacies of ancient Greece and Rome, from the 1920s to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Classics still bears the negative associations of the colonial educational curriculum that was thrust upon the British West Indies with the Victorian triad of the three Cs (Cricket, Classics, and Christianity)." In a study that embraces Kamau Brathwaite, Austin Clarke, John Figueroa, C. L. R. James, V. S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, and Eric Williams, Emily Greenwood

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Afro-Greeks: Dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century

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Overview

"Afro-Greeks explores dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean literature and the complex legacies of ancient Greece and Rome, from the 1920s to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Classics still bears the negative associations of the colonial educational curriculum that was thrust upon the British West Indies with the Victorian triad of the three Cs (Cricket, Classics, and Christianity)." In a study that embraces Kamau Brathwaite, Austin Clarke, John Figueroa, C. L. R. James, V. S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, and Eric Williams, Emily Greenwood traces a distinctive regional tradition of engaging with Classics in the English-speaking Caribbean. She argues that, following on from C. L. R. James's revisionist approach to the history of ancient Greece, there has been a practice of reading the Classics for oneself in Anglophone Caribbean literature, a practice that has contributed to the larger project of the articulation of the Caribbean self. The writers whom she examines offer a strenuous critique of an exclusive, Western conception of Greco-Roman antiquity, often conducting this critique through literary subterfuge, playing on the colonial prejudice that Classics did not belong to them. Afro-Greeks examines both the terms of this critique, and the way in which these writers have made Classics theirs.

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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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