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The Art of Kamau Brathwaite

Authors: Stewart Brown

Published by Seren

ISBN: 9781854110923

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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 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 an interview and a major work in his Metaphors of Underdevelopment: A Proem for Hernan Cortez.

Stewart Brown has taught in Jamaica, Nigeria and Britain. He is now a lecturer at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham. He is the editor of several anthologies of Caribbean literature, including critical work on Derek Walcott and E.K. Brathwaite.
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