Art of Kamau Braithwaite

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Kamau Brathwaite is arguably the most original poet yet to emerge from the Caribbean; in terms of his technical experimentation with form and language and the sheer scale and ambition of his work he is certainly the most adventurous. Author of over a dozen collections of poetry, several works of cultural criticism, plays for schools, and a standard volume of Caribbean history, and for many years editor of Bim and Savacou, his position in Caribbean culture is of enormous importance. As a leading apologist for the ...
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Overview

Kamau Brathwaite is arguably the most original poet yet to emerge from the Caribbean; in terms of his technical experimentation with form and language and the sheer scale and ambition of his work he is certainly the most adventurous. Author of over a dozen collections of poetry, several works of cultural criticism, plays for schools, and a standard volume of Caribbean history, and for many years editor of Bim and Savacou, his position in Caribbean culture is of enormous importance. As a leading apologist for the Caribbean Artists Movement he is recognised as an influential thinker on areas such as pan-Caribbean sensibility and alternatives to colonial/neo-colonial cultural models. The Art of Kamau Brathwaite is the first full length study of Brathwaite's work and thinking. It addresses his poetry and other written work and explores the three inter-connected concerns which have shaped his consciousness: Africa, jazz and the use of West Indian language in poetry. The essayists are all specialists from both the Caribbean and Britain and north America, and Brathwaite himself provides both an interview and a major work in his 'Metaphors of Underdevelopment: a Proem for Hernan Cortez'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854111272
  • Publisher: Seren
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 3.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
An Interview with Kamau Brathwaite 13
The Language of Kamau Brathwaite 33
Africa: Submerged Mother 52
Brathwaite and Jazz 62
Kamau Brathwaite as Cultural Critic 75
"The Unity is Submarine": Aspects of a Pan-Caribbean Consciousness in the work of Kamau Brathwaite 86
A Sense of Community: Kamau Brathwaite and the Caribbean Artists Movement 101
Overlapping Journeys: The Arrivants 117
Wringing the Word 132
Sun Poem: The Rainbow Sign? 152
The Rehumanization of History: Regeneration of Spirit: Apocalypse and Revolution in Brathwaite's The Arrivants and X/Self 163
Returning to Sycorax/Prospero's Response: Kamau Brathwaite's Word Journey 208
Metaphors of Underdevelopment: A Proem for Hernan Cortez 231
Select Bibliography 254
Index of works by Brathwaite cited 269
Acknowledgements 272
Notes on Contributors 273
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