Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature

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The Caribbean is a part of the world with diverse cultures and a long and fascinating literary tradition. The people of this region have endured through civil strife, poverty, natural disasters, and military conflicts; and their literature reflects their despair and dreams. Accessible to students and general readers, this encyclopedia overviews the lives and works of Caribbean authors. Because Caribbean literature is so much a reflection of regional concerns, the encyclopedia gives special attention to the ...

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Overview

The Caribbean is a part of the world with diverse cultures and a long and fascinating literary tradition. The people of this region have endured through civil strife, poverty, natural disasters, and military conflicts; and their literature reflects their despair and dreams. Accessible to students and general readers, this encyclopedia overviews the lives and works of Caribbean authors. Because Caribbean literature is so much a reflection of regional concerns, the encyclopedia gives special attention to the political, cultural, and historical contexts in which Caribbean authors have lived and worked. To help with this massive endeavor, scholar and librarian Danilo H. Figueredo has assembled an impressive team of advisors and authors. Included in the encyclopedia are more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 20 expert contributors. These entries cover authors, works, genres, historical and cultural figures, themes, and various special topics. Among the entries are pieces on:

  • Anancy Stories
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Reinaldo Arenas
  • Edward Kamau Brathwaite
  • Fidel Castro
  • Joseph Sickman Corsen
  • Costumbrismo
  • Dominican Republic, History of the Literature
  • Exile Literature
  • Feminism in Caribbean Literature
  • Frantz Fanon
  • A House for Mr. Biswas
  • Immigrant Literature
  • Edna Manley
  • Samuel Selvon
  • Spiralist Movement
  • Ruben Suro
  • Surrealism
  • Nathaniel Weekes
  • And many more. Features:
  • Presents more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries.
  • Accumulates the expertise of a distinguished advisory board and more than 20 expert contributors.
  • Provides biographical entries on numerousauthors and historical figures.
  • Includes a wide range of topical entries on major works, genres, periods, styles, movements, historical events, and more.
  • Cites print and electronic resources.
  • Offers an alphabetical list of entries.
  • Lists entries grouped in topical categories.
  • Fully cross-references entries.
  • Provides an extensive index.
  • Includes a generous selection of illustrations.
  • Closes with an extensive bibliography. Benefits:
  • Introduces students to the literature, history, and culture of an area of vital interest to the United States.
  • Helps students understand Caribbean history and politics through literature.
  • Fosters a respect for cultural diversity.
  • Gives attention to the influence and experiences of Caribbean writers in the United States.
  • Helps students learn about major texts and authors central to the Spanish curriculum and to world literature.
  • Serves as a model for students writing about literature.
  • Familiarizes students with different styles, literary movements, and aesthetic concerns.
  • Develops research skills by directing students to additional print and electronic resources. Spanish courses often look at literature from the Caribbean, and many American students trace their roots to that region. An essential reference for high school libraries, this resource will help students and teachers learn more about the literature of the Caribbean and its relation to the political, economic, historical, and social conditions of that area. Public libraries also need this encyclopedia, since many general readers are interested in Caribbean literature and culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313327445
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 962

Meet the Author

D. H. FIGUEREDO is Director of the Library and Media Center at Bloomfield College. He has taught courses on Latin American literature at Montclair State University and Bloomfield College. He was one of the editors of the Encyclopedia of Cuba (Greenwood, 2002) and has written several other works of fiction and nonfiction. He regularly contributes to Booklist, Multicultural Review, and other publications.

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Table of Contents

List of Entries

Guide to Related Topics

Preface

Introduction

The Encyclopedia

Bibliography

About the Editor and Contributors

Index

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