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Edwards, Norval R.
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Department of Literatures in English
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Towards that distance eye land of sound: Kamau Brathwaite's representations of diaspora
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2nd Conference on Caribbean Culture and Festival of the Word
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January 9-12, 2002
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University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica)
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Abstract
Author argues that Brathwaite represents Diaspora as an orchestra of multiple sounds, voices, and musical styles that perform what Gordon Rohlehr calls the task of 'rehumanizing' the histories of catastrophe, displacement, and psychic mutilation that mark both sides of the Middle Passage. This rehumanizing involves the recovery of submerged sounds that function as modes of cultural transmission. He examines selected essays rather than poetry because he is interested in the conceptual rather than the compositional use of sound. His argument unfolds in two stages: firstly, he attempts to place Braithwaite's approach to sound within the context of three theoretical formulations on the relationship between sound and meaning: and secondly, he outlines the theoretical evolution of Brathwaite's sonic reading of Diaspora and Caribbean aesthetics.....
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