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Conference Proceedings
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Richards, Glen
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Department of History and Archaeology
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Kamau Brathwaite and the creolisation of caribbean history
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2nd Conference on Caribbean Culture and Festival of the Word
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January 10, 2002
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Mona, Jamaica
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Abstract
Examines the place and impact of Brathwaite's historical writing on Caribbean historiography with particular focus on the Commonwealth Caribbean. It argues that Brathwaite's theoretical approach has made a critical breakthrough in the study of the region, building on the work of earlier scholars including C.L.R. James, Elsa Goveia and Lloyd Brathwaite, and has brought us a culturally and life affirming orientation which presents the Caribbean not merely as the 'cockpit of Europe', and subsequently the United States, but as centres of cultural creativity which involved European buccaneer and carib warrior, white slave owner and black slaves, Asian indentured and coloured creole in a tortuous and ongoing dance of life.....
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