Focusing on orally transmitted cultural forms in the Caribbean, this book reaffirms the importance of myth and symbol in folk consciousness as a mode of imaginative conceptualization. Paul A. Griffith cross-references Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott’s

“Interested readers will no doubt approach this volume with the expectation of learning more about poets like Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott, and they will not be disappointed.” – Review of Texas Books

“Griffith’s scholarship is remarkably thorough. In using the notion of the tidealectic as his controlling trope, the author manages to link a vast body of oral tradition – both literary and non-literary – to the primal natural archetype of island cultures. This is perhaps best demonstrated in his fascinating analysis of the symbolic patterns embodied in the Limbo dance – the ebb and flow, the death and resurrection – which becomes a metaphor for the Middle Passage, the hell of slavery, and the eventual rise of free, post-colonial cultures. As the author says, “It is this metaphorical rhythm of retrieval and advance, death and rebirth . . . that gives conceptual unity to a range of forms and styles in Caribbean residually oral art.” R. S. Gwynn, editor of the Penguin Pocket Anthology

Paul A. Griffith
Hardcover: 238 pages
Publisher: AIAA; 2010 edition (15 April 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0230623646
ISBN-13: 978-0230623644