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The Colour of Shadows
Images of Caribbean Slavery
This imaginative book throws new light on the closing years of Caribbean slavery and the lives of enslaved people of African descent before emancipation in Trinidad in 1834. The book centers on the drawings of plantation life by Richard Bridgens, an English-born artist who became a planter and slaveholder in Trinidad, and examines these, some of which are well known,...  More
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Judy Raymond, in a deeply researched and elegantly written book, has shed light on Bridgens career, and has closely analyzed his remarkable drawingsincluding a few...  Read review
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Its hard to exaggerate the newness of what Bridgens did in this book. As late as 1960, Derek Walcott wrote in the Trinidad Guardian about the...  Read excerpt
April 2016, Caribbean Studies Press, 199pp, 19 b & w illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-519-7 / Cat# 5197
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The Haitian Peasantry through Oral and Written Literature
Roumain, Alexis, Endore, Carpentier and Fountain
Toni Pressley-Sanon
The Haitian peasant has always been the backbone of the Haitian economy and a source of inspiration for writers. Their vital oral tradition informs the literature of and about Haiti, and the peasantry and folk traditions are valorized in the classic and contemporary works discussed in this text. The Haitian Peasantry in Oral and Written Literature is an ideal introduction...  More
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"Toni Pressley-Sanons work gives us a much needed, necessary critical analysis as she joins Haitis rich oral literature to its lengthy written tradition. The countrys...  Read review
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"As we see in the oral and written narratives discussed in this text, there are lessons to be gleaned from the conveyance of words. In the...  Read excerpt
2015, Caribbean Studies Press, 156pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-448-0
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A Spirited Butterfly
A History of Fashion in Trinidad and Tobago
Rosemary Stone
This lavishly illustrated book presents a historical perspective and a contemporary look at fashion design and manufacturing, as well as the role of the fashion industry in the social, cultural and economic development of Trinidad and Tobago. Chapters review the history of fashion development from 1834, after slavery, through the twentieth century and brings us to an exciting and new...  More
May 9, 2011, Caribbean Studies Press, 284pp, Perfect Binding, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-717-2
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Interplay of Cultural Narratives in Martinique
French, African, and Indian Journey toward a Pluralistic Society
Mahadevi Ramakrishnan and R.Scott Smith
This book explores the history of immigration and development of cultural identities on the island of Martinique from 1635 to the present with particular attention to the major cultural groupsAfrican, French, and Indianas well the role of the indigenous Caribs in cultural hybridization. This interdisciplinary study of intertwined adaptive strategies to emigration and resettlement provides insight into the complicated tapestry...  More
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"An effective survey of Martiniques hybrid, and indeed multifaceted, cultural identity through the thematic prisms of resettlement and migration. Through close examination and discussion of...  Read review
May, 2015, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat # CSP3704, 282pp, with b & w illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-370-4
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The People's Poet
Life and Myth of Ismael Rivera, an Afro-Caribbean Icon
Rosa Elena Carrasquillo, associate professor Caribbean, Latin American and Latino History, College of the Holy Cross
At the height of his career in the 1970s, Ismael Rivera shared the stage with salsa greats such as Benny Mor, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, and is recognized as one, if not the most, important figure in this music. The Peoples Poet tells the fascinating story of Ismael Riveras life and the development of his iconic image among the...  More
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Carrasquillo masterfully brings us an exciting biography of the mythical singer that centers the story within the social, political and economic milieus that shaped Puerto...  Read review
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"After 1950...Puerto Ricans preferred 'authentic' expressions of Puerto Ricanness in music, and the plenas of Ismael and Cortijo's Combo gained in popularity...with a more frican...  Read excerpt
October 2014, Caribbean Studies Press, 260pp, 75 black & white illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-197-7 Cat # CSP1977
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Olympic Hero
Lennox Kilgour's Story
Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
This colorfully illustrated book tells the inspiring story of a young weightlifter from Trinidad and Tobago, the first to win an Olympic medal in his division for the twin-island republic. The reader learns about the challenges that Lennox Kilgour overcame with the help of coaches, fellow athletes, and his community, and his own determination to succeed.
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This book is a moving story of the athletes who were central to the sport of weightlifting at a time which can be described as...  Read review
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"Lift push squat feet apart elbow lifted head held up above the bar over and over and over.... No...  Read excerpt
January 2014, Caribbean Studies Press / Cat # CSP 1755, 48pp, 22 full-page color illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-175-5
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Theater of the French Caribbean
Traditions and Contemporary Stages
Stephanie Berard, Ph.D.
"Theater of the French Caribbean: Contemporary Stages and Traditions"is the first book to examine more than 50 years of Caribbean theater written and produced in French and Creole in Martinique and Guadeloupe. The work analyzes over 100 plays, as both texts and stage productions, written by Aim Csaire, Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Cond, Gerty Dambury, Julius Laou, George Mauvois, Michle Montantin,...  More
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An important book that breaks new ground in the area of French Caribbean literature, theatre and culture. It provides a rich cultural history of recent...  Read review
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"The importing of European culture, particularly of Western theater, to the French Caribbean did not end with the abolition of slavery in 1848, or with...  Read excerpt
November 2013, Caribbean Studies Press, 332pp, black and white illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-176-2
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Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race
Mark E. Boren, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race chronicles how the unprecedented demand for sugar radically transformed Western civilization at every level of society. The book details how technologies of human control developed in the African slave trade combined with missionary Christian theology to lay the foundations for the language, literature and cultural dictates of race we know today. Very readable...  More
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"This compelling (indeed, page-turning) study convincingly argues that the technologies, practices and ideologies developed forthe slave trade of the 17th and 18th centuries continue to...  Read review
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"Looking at the culture of European social refinement as linked directly to the rise in West Indies sugar and the African slave trades, we can begin...  Read excerpt
April, 2013, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat #: CSP0307, 196pp, 25 b & w illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-030-7
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Carnival of Love--A Tale of a Bahamian Family
Ernestia Fraser
Carnival of LoveA Tale of a Bahamian Family is a memoir that explores the meaning of love and family in a fractured household. Set in the Bahamas, the story is told through the eyes of Maria Helix, one of nine children growing up in a stable and loving environment. With the sudden breakup of her comfortable family life and home,...  More
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"It was a short transition from living in a nice home with two parents to becoming homeless. One night my mother urged Rachel and me...  Read excerpt
2013, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat #: CSP9855, 140pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-9855
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Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer
Lorraine M. Lopez & Molly Crumpton Winter, editors
Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer is the first book-length collection of scholarship on the writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer and establishes her as an important contemporary American author. Ten analytical essays and four interviews explore the complexity and originality of her work and her central themes of Puerto Rican identity, cross-cultural experience, and the...  More
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"Ortiz Cofer has been illuminating the Puerto Rican community's journeys back and forth between the Caribbean island and the U.S., between rural landscapes and urban...  Read excerpt
August 15, 2012, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat #: CSP8629, 308pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-862-2
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