TITLE

Oral Literature and its Bearing on Caribbean Slave Songs of the Colonial Era

AUTHOR(S)
Isha, Pinky
PUB. DATE
July 2012
SOURCE
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities;2012, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p211
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A discussion of Caribbean poetic traditions entails the study of concepts relating to oral literary forms and oral practices that Caribbean literature inextricably reveals, standing at a unique confluence between African, American and European cultures . This piece of writing undertakes to trace the origins of Black oral narrative forms and its characteristic features, influenced by colonial strategies. The beginnings of Caribbean literary output bring within its purview the survival tactics of a race of people who had emerged from a history of slavery and compromise to freedom. The Caribbean, whose ethnic, linguistic and racial mix is greatly diversified, is an interesting, dynamic and variegated cultural phenomenon as it incorporates aspects of both oral and written forms, within its literary modes. An insight into some of the songs and poems of the oral genre is thus helpful in understanding the earliest flowering of poetic talents from the region and judging their respective merits and drawbacks.
ACCESSION #
91686456

 

Related Articles

  • Folk research: Fossil or living bone? Rohlehr, Gordon // Massachusetts Review;Autumn/Winter94, Vol. 35 Issue 3/4, p383 

    Focuses on folk research on the Caribbean areas. Emphasis on the Caribbean cultural life; Significance of the Folk Research Centre in folk research; Explanation of a folk research; Debate about a New World Economic Order.

  • ORAL/SCRIBAL TRADITIONS IN POETRY: ROGER ABRAHAMS' "MAN-OF-WORDS," AND THE THEORIES OF THE "ETHNOGRAPHY OF SPEAKING.". Roldan-Santiago, Serafin // Journal of Caribbean Literatures;Spring2007, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p67 

    The article discusses ethnography of speaking and the folklore performance-centered approach and how they may be used to understand the meaning, significance and artistry in oral literature specifically in the case of modern African or Caribbean oral literary forms. Roger Williams' concept of...

  • Overcoming merit. Postrel, Virginia I. // Reason;Oct95, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p4 

    Editorial. Comments on the so-called anti-meritocracy protest in the United States. Criticisms on society's value of merit; Major advocates of the argument; Opposition by the critics against so-called overclass.

  • Sometimes, ability and effort aren't enough. Tucker, Cynthia // Masthead;Fall96, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p62 

    Presents a column published in the March 31, 1996 issue of `The Atlanta Constitution,' which discussed the belief in meritocracy among middle class Americans. Definition of meritocracy; Notion that advancement in the United States is not based on merit; Disciples of meritocracy; Cases when...

  • “Troubler l'ordre de l'oubli”: Memory and Forgetting in French Caribbean Autobiography of the 1990s. MCCUSKER, MAEVE // Forum for Modern Language Studies;Oct2004, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p438 

    In the 1990s, Antillean writing was enriched by an upsurge of autobiographical narratives. The appeal of the genre can be attributed, at least in part, to the two loaded anniversaries which marked the decade: the 500th anniversary of the “discovery” of the New World, and the 150th...

  • The Postcolonial Land that Needs to Be Loved: Caribbean Nature and the Garden in Simone Schwartz-Bart's: Pluie et Vent sur Télumée Miracle. Perfetti, Lisa // ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature & Environment;Winter2007, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p89 

    The article presents information on postcolonial Caribbean literature, which focuses on the human place in nature, and how nature and the land are related to social and cultural concerns. It is stated that because of the history of colonialism and slavery in the West Indies, most of the...

  • Chapter 30: Black Man and Society. Levit, Kari // George Beckford Papers;2000, p364 

    Chapter 30 of the book "The George Beckford Papers" is presented. It focuses on the African revolution in Brazil, the Caribbean and South America, highlighting how they were brought into the New World by the European colonizers who put them under slave plantation. It argues the existence of...

  • My Meritocratic Rise. Miller, S. M. // Tikkun (Duke University Press);Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p63 

    Discusses the role of meritocracy in the selection of employees for a job. Significance of personal and professional connection when seeking for a job; Advantages of connections when seeking for a job.

  • Merit still has its place in society, business. Martin // Business Journal (Central New York);09/03/99, Vol. 13 Issue 35, p29 

    Focuses on the importance of merit in business. Merit as basis for employee recognition and award; Misuse of awards.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics