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Olive Senior (Hardback)

Denise Decaires Narain

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ISBN 10: 0746310943 / ISBN 13: 9780746310946
Published by Northcote House Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2012
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This title offers a sustained and comprehensive discussion of the Jamaican writer, Olive Senior s extensive oeuvre, including poetry, short stories and socio-cultural writings published from the late 1970s onwards. Bookseller Inventory # ACB9780746310946

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Title: Olive Senior (Hardback)

Publisher: Northcote House Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:New

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This study of Olive Senior's writing includes comprehensive coverage of her poetry, short stories as well as her non-fiction, placing this work in the context of debates about what it means to be Jamaican and Caribbean in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Jamaican writer, Olive Senior, has been writing and publishing since the 1980s. Her oeuvre includes poetry and short stories, as well as journalism, a sociological study of Caribbean women and a comprehensive encyclopaedia of Jamaican culture. Although Senior now lives in Toronto, her work remains intensely focused on loving portraits of 'ordinary' Jamaicans, whether they are struggling to make a living off the land in harsh rural contexts or to negotiate the complex postcolonial realities of life in the city. Senior scrutinises the way power operates at global and local levels, and the reader is always made aware of the bigger historical narratives which position (but don't quite 'fix') the individuals that she writes about. Senior's work is always attentive to detail and to the texture of literary language and she has established a tone that is distinctly understated and wry, insinuating rather than declaiming its truths. In opting for a more cunningly mild-mannered literary voice, Dr Narain argues that Senior's work provided a nuanced, engaged and gendered alternative definition for 'writing resistance' than is usually associated with Caribbean writers.

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Denise de Caires Narain is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sussex and also taught at the University of the West Indies. She was born in Guyana and was Chair of the Guyana Prize in 2002. She has published widely on Caribbean women's writing including Contemporary Caribbean Women's Poetry: Making Style (2001).

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