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Department of Literatures in English
'Meck West Indies Federate' : Celebrating the arts of regional integration in the poetry of Louise Bennett
Hall, Kenneth O.; Benn, Denis
Caribbean Imperatives: Regional Governance and Integrated Development
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Ian Randle Publishers
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Louise Bennett's substantial body of creative writing illustrates the potency of popular culture as an important site of public debate about emotive constructs such as 'nation', 'independence', 'federation', 'regional', 'integration' and the like. Bennett's poetry cunningly interrogates both the Federation and Independence movements of th late fifties and early sixties. Her wry wit humorously critiques the political leadership of the day and, by extension, their successors who are now engaged in a renewed 'regional integration' process. Bennett's subversive poetry demystifies the grandiose rhetoric of the elite, underscoring their failure to articulate their elevated vision of political transformation in the region in a language that the masses of Caribbean people could truly understand.....