A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in by Carol Bailey

By Carol Bailey

A Poetics of functionality deals clean readings of fictions by means of post-1950s writers Earl Lovelace, Merle Collins, Marie-Elena John, Marlon James and Colin Channer along calypso, reggae and varied modes of Caribbean oral storytelling. Carol Bailey elucidates what should be termed the main consequential element of Caribbean literary self-fashioning: an “inward flip” to the expressive assets and discursive instruments of people and pop culture. This recovery, she argues, has in flip cast a literary culture grounded not just within the people and concrete working-class functionality cultures yet, unavoidably, in a woman-centred poetics.

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