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Kamau Brathwaite

Grounded in the Past, Revisioning the Present

Authored by: Elaine Savory

The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Print publication date:  June  2011
Online publication date:  June  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415485777
eBook ISBN: 9780203830352
Adobe ISBN: 9781136821745


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Kamau Brathwaite’s impact on Caribbean literature, history and cultural theory has been enormous. He is best known as a poet (who also writes proems and pangeneric works), but in addition he is historian, cultural and literary essayist, dramatist and bibliographer. For over half a century, he has constantly reinvented his voice and revisioned our world, in response to his evolving vision of Caribbean culture: colonial to postcolonial and neocolonial, modern to what he calls ancient and ‘postmodem’, in which both ancestral cultural shards and contemporary technology serve Caribbean needs together.

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