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Afro-Greeks

Emily Greenwood

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199575244
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722189 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575244.001.0001

Series: Classical Presences

Afro-Greeks

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Afro‐Greeks explores dialogues between anglophone Caribbean literature and the complex legacies of ancient Greece and Rome, from the 1920s to the beginning of the twenty‐first century. Classics still bears the negative associations of the colonial educational curriculum that was thrust upon the British West Indies with the Victorian triad of the three Cs (Cricket, Classics, and Christianity). In a study that embraces Kamau Brathwaite, Austin Clarke, John Figueroa, C. L. R. James, V. S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, and Eric Williams, the author traces a distinctive regional tradition of engaging with Classics in the English‐speaking Caribbean. She argues that, following on from C. L. R. James's revisionist approach to the history of ancient Greece, there has been a practice of reading the Classics for oneself in anglophone Caribbean literature, a practice that has contributed to the larger project of the articulation of the Caribbean self. The writers examined offered a strenuous critique of an exclusive, Western conception of Graeco‐Roman antiquity, often conducting this critique through literary subterfuge, playing on the colonial prejudice that Classics did not belong to them. Afro‐Greeks examines both the terms of this critique, and the way in which these writers have made Classics theirs.

Keywords: Afro‐Greeks; Caribbean classics; colonial classics; postcolonial classics; Kamau Brathwaite; Austin Clarke; John Figueroa; C. L. R. James; V. S. Naipaul; Derek Walcott; Eric Williams

Book.  320 pages. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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