The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 50, Issue 2

Article 4
Literary and Performative Culture in 1860s Jamaica

Belinda Edmondson


Abstract

This article explores two movements in Jamaican literary history that occurred in the 1860s: first, the influence of US vernaculars via periodicals and blackface minstrelsy; and second, creole publications and performances by black, white, or brown authors. In some ways the 1860s was a decade of progress for black Jamaicans. These examples of 1860 Jamaican arts culture therefore reveal the aspirations and tensions within the society that contributed to the Morant Bay Rebellion and its repressive aftermath.