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After the end of the world: Poetics, time and black experimental writing

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Reed,Anthony (Author)
Publication Date:
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Literature, African Americans, Poetry, Brathwaite, Kamau, 1930-, 0296:African American Studies, Literature and politics, Experimental writing, Du Bois, W. E. B., 1868-1963, Mackey, Nathaniel, 1947-, Parks, Suzan-Lori, 1963-
263 p., A study of the poetics of experimental writing, focusing on the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, Nathaniel Mackey, Suzan-Lori Parks and Kamau Brathwaite. Arguing that conceptions of time tend to be at the heart of political concerns throughout the sites of the African diaspora, this project challenges those notions of black writing that rest on the binary or oppression/resistance. Specifically concerned with poetry, Kamau Brathwaite and Nathaniel Mackey specifically confront and contravene the legacy of the lyric voice in both the presentation and topics of their work. Brathwaite invents a shifting system of fonts, margins and a capacious first-person singular/plural to articulate a time and a "we" of the Caribbean and the diaspora.