Music, Memory, Resistance: Calypso and the Caribbean Literary Imagination
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Music, Memory, Resistance: Calypso and the Caribbean Literary Imagination
By Sandra Pouchet Paquet; Patricia J. Saunders; Stephen Stuempfle
US$ 9.99
Book Description

Calypsonians have long been the ‘voice of the people’, delivering the complaints, criticisms and even the solutions to political leaders. In its earliest manifestations, calypso music emerged in response to a cultural climate that demanded creative modes of expression that could both resist and record political and historical changes taking place in Trinidad and Tobago. Since the 1920s and 1930s, calypsonians typically have composed songs that chronicle their observations and opinions on current events focusing on specific occurrences, from local scandals to current affairs while also examining broader trends. Not only has calypso served as an unofficial record of historical events, it emerged as a cultural weapon that yielded tremendous sway within the general audiences of the Caribbean region.

This collection includes contributions from calypsonians, critics, novelists and poets alike, all engaged in representing Caribbean culture in its myriad forms. It represents an array of convergences across critical perspectives, political and social agendas, generations and national boundaries. The work of numerous calypsonians and other singers are explored, including Sparrow; Kitchener; Chalkdust; Denise Belfon; and writers such as Samuel Selvon, V.S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Errol John, Paul Marshall, Earl Lovelace and Lashkmi Persaud. The comparative analyses provide an interdisciplinary approach to Cultural Studies making the volume essential reading for students, scholars and calypso enthusiasts.

Table of Contents
  • CONTENTS
  • PREFACE
  • INTRODUCTION
  • MUSIC AS MEMORY, RESISTANCE AND POLITICAL CONTEXT
    • ERIC WILLIAMS’S VISION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CARNIVAL
    • CALYPSO AS POLITICAL CON/TEXT: REFLECTIONS ON THE LEGEND OF ERIC WILLIAMS
    • IN THE BATTLE FOR EMERGENT INDEPENDENCE: CALYPSOS OF DECOLONIZATION
    • FUGUES, FRAGMENTS AND FISSURES: A WORK IN PROGRESS
  • SANS HUMANITÉ: THE SONG, THE SINGER AND THE STORY
    • CARNIVAL CANNIBALIZED OR CANNIBAL CARNIVALIZED: CONTEXTUALIZING THE ‘CANNIBAL JOKE’ IN CALYPSO AND LITERATURE
    • CALYPSO AND THE BACCHANAL CONNECTION
    • UNMASKING THE CHANTWELL NARRATOR IN EARL LOVELACE’S FICTION
  • TEN TO ONE IS MURDER: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE BODY POLITIC
    • JAMETTE CARNIVAL AND AFRO-CARIBBEAN INFLUENCES IN THE WORK OF JEAN RHYS
    • ‘BIG FAT FISH’: THE HYPERSEXUALIZATION OF THE FAT BLACK WOMAN’S BODY IN CALYPSO AND DANCEHALL
    • MEN IN THE YARD AND ON THE STREET: CRICKET AND CALYPSO IN CARIBBEAN LITERATURE
  • WHEN ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: PERFORMING CULTURAL IDENTITY AT HOME AND ABROAD
    • WITH A TASSA BLENDING: CALYPSO AND CULTURAL IDENTITY IN INDO-CARIBBEAN FICTION
    • BOP GIRL GOES CALYPSO: CONTAINING RACE AND YOUTH CULTURE IN COLD WAR AMERICA
    • (NOT) KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE: CALYPSO OVERSEAS AND THE SOUND OF BELONGING IN SELECTED NARRATIVES OF MIGRATION
    • ‘EVERYBODY DO THE DANCE’: THE POLITICS OF UNIFORMITY IN DANCEHALL AND CALYPSO
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • CONTRIBUTORS
  • INDEX
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