A Splice of Space and Time—Celebrating the Life and Work of Kamau Brathwaite”
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Just a reminder that the Critical Caribbean Symposium Series conference—“A Splice of Space and Time: Celebrating the Life and Work of Kamau Brathwaite” begins tomorrow. The conference, which takes place on November 22 and 23, 2013, will be held at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre at The College of The Bahamas in Nassau. [I am very disappointed not to be there!]
The keynote address will be “Kamau Brathwaite’s Paradigm Shifts: Critical Consciousness in History, Poetry and Cultural Analysis” by Elaine Savory (The New School, New York). The symposium will also a dance performance inspired by the work of Kamau Brathwaite by include L’Acadco—a United Caribbean Dance Force (Jamaica’s premier dance company).
Description: Since the early 1950s, Kamau Brathwaite has been one of the leading producers of Caribbean cultural and intellectual discourses. Not just an award winning poet, the richness of Brathwaite’s verse is paralleled only by the depth of his scholarly essays in literary criticism, cultural theory, and history. With groundbreaking works including Four Plays for Primary Schools (1964), Rights of Passage (1967), Black an Blues (1976), Roots (1993), The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica, 1770-1820(1971), History of the Voice: the Development of Nation Language in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry (1986)), Braithwaite’s place as a major contemporary poet, philosopher and original literary voice of the Caribbean has been well-established.
The 3rd Annual Critical Caribbean Symposium will not simply honor the legacy of Edward Kamau Brathwaite, the man, but we will also grapple with the grand themes presented within the body of the Brathwaitian oeuvre, including issues of Afro-Caribbean identity, nation language, history, tidalectics, creoleness, and the Caribbean African heritage, among others.
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