Literary Black Power in the Caribbean focuses on the Black Power movement in the anglophone Caribbean as represented and critically debated in literary texts, music and film.
This volume is groundbreaking in its focus on the creative arts and artists in their evaluations of, and insights on, the relevance of the Black Power message across the region. The author takes a cultural studies approach to bring together the political with the aesthetic, enriching an already fertile debate on the era and the subject of Black Power in the Caribbean region. The chapters discuss various aspect of Black Power in the Caribbean: on the pages of journals and magazines, at contemporary conferences that radicalized academia to join forces with communities, in fiction and essays by writers and intellectuals, in calypso and reggae music, and in the first films produced in the Caribbean.
Produced at the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Black Power Revolution in Port of Spain, Trinidad, this timely book will be of interests to students and academics focusing on Black Power, Caribbean literary and cultural studies, African diaspora and Global South radical political and cultural theory.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Introduction: "Black Power Creolized". Chapter 1: "The Long Caribbean Seventies". Chapter 2: "Sylvia Wynter’s Decolonial Humanism". Chapter 3: "Black Power Revolution in Trinidad". Chapter 4: "Carnival, Calypso & the Black Power ‘Rebellion’". Chapter 5: "Caribbean Black Power in Cinema and Fiction". Chapter 6 – Epilogue: "Rastafari, Reggae and Black Power". Bibliography. Index
Rita Keresztesi is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on African and African Diaspora literary and cultural studies. She is the author of Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism; and co-editor of The Western in the Global South.