Special Issue "Caribbean Literature Now: Critical Interventions and Literary Activism"

A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787). This special issue belongs to the section "Literature in the Humanities".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 787

Special Issue Editor

School of Humanities, York St John University, York YO31 7EX, UK
Interests: Caribbean food studies; contemporary postcolonial writing and cultures; Caribbean, Black British and women’s writing; postcolonial pedagogies; interplay between food and culture in Caribbean and diasporic contexts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Anglophone Caribbean literature is often viewed as deeply historical, and indeed it is. The historical legacy of Caribbean literature is still important in the twenty-first century but, crucially, it is being reappraised and rewritten in line with urgent contemporary concerns—particularly with a heightened awareness of some of the missing elements or voices of earlier writing (e.g., in relation to Caribbean masculinities, white Caribbean writing, and queer sexualities).

In its contemporary formations, Caribbean writing makes important interventions into some of the most timely and urgent concerns of our time: the movement and migration of peoples (Windrush, mobilities studies, the European refugee “crisis”), the Black Lives Matter movement and race, identity  and equality debates, slavery reparations, indigeneity, land rights, the role and responsibilities of the heritage industry, museums and tourism, post-disaster recovery (as in the case of Haiti), geo-ecologies, environmentalism and the custodianship of our planet.

Some important questions we intend to address with this Special Issue include:

  • How are Caribbean writers (at home and in diaspora) shaping these debates?
  • How far is the longstanding Caribbean tradition of literary activism being shaped and reshaped in our contemporary moment and in response to wider global movements such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter?
  • What is the relationship between the global and the local in these contexts?
  • How have Caribbean writers and critics responded to the challenges presented by the recent ‘archival turn’ In Anglophone Caribbean literary studies and the connected, potentially democratising and creative possibilities offered by an increasingly digital age?
  • In what ways are writers and critics of Caribbean literature responding to the developing interdisciplinary reach and confidence of contemporary Caribbean literary criticism as it embraces studies in, and methodologies from, different disciplines (food studies, the visual arts, environmentalism and tourism, medical humanities)? How might this constitute a new cross-fertilizing of Caribbean critical and creative writing in some vibrant and productive ways?

Dr. Sarah Lawson Welsh
Guest Editor

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  • Caribbean literature
  • twenty-first century writings
  • literary activism
  • global movements
  • the local
  • contemporary
  • interdisciplinarity
  • digital
  • Caribbean literary criticism

Published Papers

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