The Child and The Caribbean Imagination
In The Child and the Caribbean Imagination, twelve emerging and established scholars in the fields of literature, linguistics and education examine and interrogate the representations, roles and realities of Caribbean children. This multidisciplinary volume explores the experiential, discursive and fictive worlds of the child portrayed and treated variously as subject and object in the region’s oral and scribal literatures, formal classroom settings, and other socio-cultural contexts. Divided into four sections – Discourse and Representation, Unstable Identities, Language Development, and Pedagogy – The Child and the Caribbean Imagination offers breadth and depth in its contribution to much-needed academic scholarship aimed at impacting the lives of and paying homage to children in the Caribbean.
“Childhood is largely an overlooked topic in the Caribbean, as is evident in the surprising dearth of publications devoted to it. And yet understanding childhood is crucial to the perpetuation and preservation of culture and necessary to the formation of stable and productive societies. . . . By examining childhood from a variety of disciplinary lenses, these chapters offer a variety of new perspectives on the importance of childhood as an area of critical enquiry and provide a foundation for further study and for effecting practical improvements in the lives of children.” – From the introduction
Contributors: Ben Braithwaite, Kathy-Ann Drayton, Ryan Durgasingh, Rowena Kalloo, Barbara Lalla, Rawatee Maharaj-Sharma, Sandra Pouchet Paquet, Jennifer Rahim, Giselle Rampaul, Karen Sanderson Cole, Nicha Selvon-Ramkissoon, Geraldine Elizabeth Skeete
Giselle Rampaul is Lecturer in Literatures in English, Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies, University of the West Indies, St Augustine,Trinidad and Tobago.
Geraldine Elizabeth Skeete is Lecturer in Literatures in English, Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.