Reassembling the Fragments
Voice and Identity in Caribbean Discourse
- Published: August 2013
This edited collection brings together the work of scholars in the field of Caribbean literary and linguistic study. Its genesis was the University of the West Indies 2011 commemorative conference in honour of recently retired professors Bridget Brereton, Barbara Lalla and Ian Robertson. This volume engages the seminal work done by Lalla and Robertson with focus on their contributions to theoretical constructs, original data collection and analysis, and the formation of a Caribbean based ethos.
The rich deliberations demanded fuller development and preservation and Reassembling the Fragments answers that call. Part 1, “Tributes and Critical Appraisals”, engages the ground-breaking work of the eminent professors with a focus on originality, scope and impact on subsequent knowledge creation. Part 2 presents the contributions of scholars whose thought has been influenced by their incisive concepts, paradigms and methodologies.
The collection responds to the ongoing archaeological imperative of unearthing and reassembling fragments of voice and identity. It adds to the multigenerational project of naming and fashioning the diverse island cultures of the Caribbean and offers yet another shard of honour, duty and love.
Reassembling the Fragments: The Burden of the Antilles
PART 1 . TRIBUTES AND CRITICAL APPRAISALS
Challenging the Old and Exploring the New: A Tribute to Ian Robertson
Barbara Lalla: A Transdisciplinary Intellectual
Towards a “Wholeness of Vision”: Criticism Lalla’s Way
Code-Switching Phenomena in Oral and Scribal Discourse: Lalla’s Contribution
Restoring the Shattered Nation-Family in Lalla’s Arch of Fire
Ian Robertson: Re-Visioning the Creole Voice
Possible Caribbeans: Assembling the Fictional Voice
PART 2. TRAJECTORIES OF CREOLIZATION
Fragments, Centres and Margins
A Comparison between the Development of Palenquero Caribbean Creole and Swahili-Spanish Interlanguage
María Landa Buil
Postcolonial Historiography: Brereton and Naipaul Documenting Ethnic Histories over and against National Paradigms
The Role of Sociohistorical Factors in the Processes of Creolization: Evidence from Amerindian Languages
Annotated Bibliography of the Works of Barbara Lalla and Ian Robertson
Niala Dwarika-Bhagat, Karen Eccles, Michelle Gill and Marsha Winter