The History of Literature in the Caribbean series
3 vols. set
In volume three (1997) the General Editor, A. James Arnold, presented Cross-Cultural Studies ranging from early cartographic writing and the history of Caribbean Creole-language literatures to contrastive analyses of two Caribbean theories of the postcolonial authored by Édouard Glissant and Antonio Benítez-Rojo. The problematics of literary historiography in the region extend to the difficulties of dealing with literature and popular culture. Carnivalization receives its due, as do questions of gender and identity. The cult of Caliban in regional literature is dissected and the status of the notion of Négritude across the region is addressed. Two Nobel laureates are accorded pride of place: Gabriel García Márquez and Derek Walcott.
These three volumes have called into question the efforts of scholars who have drawn upon one or two literatures within a short historical span in order to make claims for Caribbeanness. Overall this is the indispensable reference work on which to build future research in Caribbean studies, as it establishes the complex historical relationships in which contemporary literatures have taken root.