Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Cahill, Lara. "Review of Alison Donnell's TWENTIETH CENTURY CARIBBEAN LITERATURE." ANTHURIUM 5.1 (2007)
Alison Donnell’s Twentieth-Century Caribbean Literature: Critical Moments in Anglophone Literary History, published by Routledge in 2006, constructs a critical historiography of what she coins as Anglocreole Caribbean literature and criticism in order to fully engage with the pivotal challenges that the twenty-first century presents. Donnell, a reader in Postcolonial and English Literatures at Nottingham Trent University and the Joint Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, organizes her study into four chapters, three of which explore the most influential critical trends of the second half of the twentieth century and a fourth that anticipates the goals of twenty-first century Caribbean literary criticism. Donnell delicately manages her critique of each of these important moments by thoroughly assessing their value and their relationship to previous debates. She not only interrogates and examines critical approaches to Caribbean literature, but she also conducts close readings of undervalued texts to illuminate new directions within and beyond these established schematics. Her point is ultimately to encourage new thinking on old subjects. . . . More here: http://scholar.library.miami.edu/anthurium/volume_5/issue_1/cahill-rev-donnell.html.