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Some of the freshest, most vital, and diverse new literature written in the twentieth century has emerged from the Caribbean. And central to Caribbean literature is the short story, with its ties with the oral tradition. Now, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, edited by Stewart Brown and John Wickham, brings together fifty-two stories in a major anthology representing over a century's worth of pan-Caribbean short fiction. This breathtaking collection is unique--and indispensable--in its inclusion of authors from the English, French, Spanish, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.

The distinctly Anglophone viewpoint of such prominent authors as, Jean Rhys, Sam Sevlon, V.S. Naipual, and E.A. Markham is richly contrasted by contributions from French, Spanish, and Dutch writers like Alejo Carpentier, René Depestre, and Thea Doelwijt, while the new generation--represented by such writers as Edwidge Danticat and Patrick Chamoiseau--points the way forward for Caribbean writing into the twenty-first century. With his stimulating introduction, Brown provides an up-to-date overview of Caribbean writing. Exploring the literature's themes of history, race, social justice, identity, and migration, he traces its evolution from the gritty naturalism of the Anglophone tradition to the magical realism of the French and Spanish traditions to a body of contemporary pan-Caribbean literature that cannot be contained in any convenient linguistic, geographical, or thematic definition.

Charting the shifting ideologies and styles of this century--from the flamboyant wit of Samuel Selvon to the deceptive simplicity of Jamaica Kincaid--The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories delivers a wealth of satisfactions in a single volume with unprecedented range.

About the Author

Stewart Brown is a poet and critic who teaches African and Caribbean literature at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham. John Wickham is literary editor of the Nation newspaper (Barbados) and editor of Bim, the Caribbean's longest-established literary journal. One of the most respected figures in Caribbean literature, he also served as a Senator in the Barbados parliament.

Table of Contents


Frank Collymore: Some People are Meant to Live Alone

Jean Rhys: Pioneers, oh, Pioneers

Eric Walrond: Drought

Alfred Mendes: Pablo's Fandango

CLR James: Triumph

Alejo Carpentier: Journey to the Seed

Roger Mais: Red Dirt Don't Wash

Juan Bosh: Encarnacion Mendoza's Christmas Eve

Jan Carew: Tilson Ezekial alias Ti-Zek

G. Cabrere Infante: The Doors Open at Three

Sam Selvon: The Cricket Match

John Wickham: The Light on theSea

Ismith Khan: Shadows move in the Britannia Bar

Rene Depestre: Rosena on the Mountain

Roy Heath: The Master Tailor and the Teacher's Skirt

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship

Andrew Salkey: A Proper Anno Domini Feeling

Kamau Brathwaite: Dream Haiti

Antonio Benitez Rojo: Buried Statues

V. S. Naipaul: The Night Watchman's Occurance Book

Michael Anthony: They Better Don't Stop the Carnival

John Stewart: The Old Men Used to Dance

Paule Marshall: To Da-Duh, In Memoriam

Austin Clarke: Leaving this Island Place

Maryse Conde: The Breadnut and the Breadfruit

Earl Lovelace: Victory and the Blight

Velma Pollard: Altamont Jones

Thea Doelwijt: In Foreign Parts

Lawrence Scott: Ballad for the New World

E. A. Markham: Mamie's Form at the Post Office

RosarioSenior: Do Angels Wear Brassiers?

Miriam Warner-Vieyra: Passport to Paradise

Willi Chen: Trotters

Pauline Melville: The Conversion of Milicent Vernon

N. D. Williams: Beach

Merle Collins: The Walk

Reinaldo Arenas: Goodbye Mother

Ana Lydia Vega: Eye Openers

Jean Breeze: Sunday Cricket

Astrid Roemer: The Inheritance of My Father: a story for Listening

Jamaica Kincaid: Blackness

Patrick Chamoiseau: Red Hot Peppers

Lionel Seepaul: Pan for Pocket

Robert Antoni: A World of Canes

Makeda Silvera: Caribbean Chameleon

Zoila Ellis: The Waiting Room

Edgardo Sanabria Santaliz: After the Hurricane

Geofry Philp: My Brother's Keeper

Alicia McKenzie: Private School

Edwidge Danticat: 1937

Bibliography; Notes.

Product Details

Wickham, John
Brown, Stewart
Wickham, John
Brown, Stewart
null, Stewart
null, John
Brown, Stewart
Wickham, John
Oxford University Press, USA
Social life and customs
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Caribbean & Latin American
West Indies
Literature/English | World Literature | Caribbean
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Oxford Books of Prose
Series Volume:
no. 2001-110
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
23 illus.
5.4 x 8.4 x 1.2 in 1.4 lb

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