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Nana Wilson-Tagoe teaches African and Caribbean literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Nana Wilson-Tagoe teaches African and Caribbean literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Wilson-Tagoe 1998, p. 2. Historical Thought and Literary Representation in West Indian Literature. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida. 29. ^ Chamberlain 2004, p. 175. ^ Chamberlain 2004, pp. 176-177. By Goveia Elsa V. (Mexico: Instituto Panamericano de geografía e historia, 1956. ISBN 978-0-8130-1582-8.

Nana Wilson-Tagoe shows how in turn the literature has broadened the definitions of history to include deeper currents and hidden influences. The book raises questions about gender and history and the ways in which women’s experiences have mediated their portrayal of the past. The author also explores the complex role of Africa in the imagination of West Indian writers. North America: University Press of Florida; Caribbean: University of the West Indies Press.

Nana Wilson-Tagoe is acutely aware of this reality in her insightful work Historical Thought and Literary Representation in West Indian Literature, which tackles one of the major themes in Caribbean literature. She is not the first to do so, but the nature of her focus makes her study far more useful today than earlier attempts to tackle similar issues in West Indian literature such as Kenneth Ramchand's The West Indian Novel and Its Background.

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Find nearly any book by Nana Wilson-Tagoe. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. A Reader's Guide to Westindian and Black British Literature. by David Dabydeen, Nana Wilson-Tagoe. ISBN 9781870518420 (978-1-870518-42-0) Softcover, Hansib Publications Limited, 1997.

The history of American literature stretches across more than 400 years. It can be divided into five major periods, each of which has unique characteristics, notable authors, and representative works. The Colonial and Early National Period (17th century to 1830). The first European settlers of North America wrote about their experiences starting in the 1600s. This was the earliest American literature: practical, straightforward, often derivative of literature in Great Britain, and focused on the future

Nana Wilson-Tagoe teaches African and Caribbean literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Nana Wilson-Tagoe teaches African and Caribbean literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

"There is in this work nearly total grasp of the central concerns of . . . Anglophone Caribbean literature. Few books on the subject cover it with the breadth and depth that this has."--Isidore Okpewho, State university of New York, Binghamton

"An impressive range of explorations into the ways in which the better-known male Caribbean writers of fiction, poetry, and drama reconceptualize Caribbean history."--Kathleen M. Balutansky, Saint Michael’s College

Nana Wilson-Tagoe argues that it is in the imaginative recasting of the past, more than in one-dimensional explanations of historical processes, that we find insights in Caribbean history and that it is this recasting that has shaped Caribbean literature in the 20th century. Looking at major Anglophone Caribbean writers in three genres--novels, short stories, and poetry--she analyzes the ways in which history has been perceived, constructed, and used in West Indian literature. In that context she explores the interplay of reality and the fantastic; history and the imagination; myth and ancestral memory; time-bound conceptions of the West Indies and the timeless values of life there. While discussion focuses on the interface between literature and historiography, it also addresses issues in sociology, political science, and philosophy. Wilson-Tagoe’s work will appeal to students of Caribbean literature but also and particularly to scholars who study the black Atlantic world, both on its own terms and in its relations with Western society and Africa.

Nana Wilson-Tagoe teaches African and Caribbean literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has published A Reader’s Guide to West Indian and Black British Literature as well as articles in Caribbean Review, Trinidad Review, Wasafiri, and Comparative and General Literature.


Historical Thought and Literary Representation in West Indian Literature download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Nana Wilson-Tagoe
ISBN: 0813015820
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (June 30, 1998)
Pages: 336 pages