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Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Edwards, Norval R.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Literatures in English
Article Title
'Talking about a little culture': Sylvia Wynter's early essays
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Journal of West Indian Literature
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Refereed
Date of Publication
2001
Volume ID
10
Issue ID
1-2
Page(s)
12-38
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Abstract
An exploratory overview of the early essays of the Jamaica writer and cultural theorist, Sylvia Wynter. Traces the development of Wynter's ideas on the relationship between culture and criticism, in five essays written between 1968-1972. Wynter's primary concern is the dismantling of the conceptual foundations of Western humanism by means of a poetics of disenchantment. For Wynter, the notion of th ehuman is a symbolic one, and Western modernity has produced a particular concept of the human which legitimates the West's five centuries of global hegemony. Caribbean writers and critics therefore need to demystify this dominant cultural model of the human, by incorporating aesthetic strategies and cognitive categories derived from caribbean folk and popular cultural traditions.....
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