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This book examines the dramatic oeuvre of Derek Walcott in order to make the case that he is engaged, as a playwright, in creating a Creole drama that bears the special marks of its Caribbean origin and setting and embodies the hybrid nature of Caribbean history, culture and personality.
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Dr. Viola Davis received her Ph.D. at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Barbados and is a retired tutor of the Barbados Community College, English Department. She is a Feminist and Pan-Africanist and was also an Independent Senator in Barbados appointed by the then Governor General, Dame Nita Barrow (1994-1999). This work examines the dramatic oeuvre of Derek Walcott in order to make the case that he is engaged as a playwright, in creating a "Creole" drama- a drama that bears the special marks of its Caribbean origin and setting and that embodies the hybrid nature of Caribbean history, culture and personality. This Creole reality is the result of the historical coming together of European and African values within the physical location of the Caribbean islands. The idea of "Creole" is being used to describe the result of the fusion of these three realities and this result is seen to contain a multi-cultural plentitude that is "Characteristic" of the cultural and intellectual reality of the Caribbean.Review:
"This study is a valuable contribution to the body of critical commentary on Walcott's oeuvre and it entices the reader to (re) Visit the plays to discover the nuances of meaning and insights highlighted and made palpable in the commentary of a rigorous critique."- Hazel Simmons McDonald, Professor Emerita, University of the West Indies. From the Foreword: "The greatest value of these critical essays may well lie in the fact that Viola Davis is no outsider guessing at Walcott's dramatic purpose or ideas. She is Caribbean. She is an intellectual, well versed in classical English literature...and is well poised to write from an. intimate understanding of the very creolisation; the hybridity and syncreticity that are the lifeblood of Walcott's plays." - Esther Phillips MFR (Merit), University of Miami. From a Peer Review: "Viola Davis's critical take on the Walcott dramatic works dealt with in this collection of essays is able to connect the plays and discuss their progressive, developmental creation of a species of drama that is specific to the Caribbean in terms of its history, language and culture. Davis unpacks carefully the various levels of meaning in the Walcott plays and thus supplements the experience of the theatre with that of the contemporary critical reader." -Mark Me Watt, Emeritus Professor of West Indian Literature.
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Book Description Edwin Mellen Pr, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1495504026