Anancy in the Great House: Ways of Reading West Indian Fiction

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This interdisciplinary study combines concepts of symbolic anthropology with traditional literary criticism to survey six novels by the Caribbean authors George Lamming and Wilson Harris. The author uses the West Indian icons of the Great House and Anancy to explore the conflict between oral and written communication and between folk culture and imperialist domination. The book's three essays discuss the collision of folk and imperialist cultures, the figure of the artist-in-the-text, and the anthropological concept of liminality as it applies to all types of oppressive exploitation. With its subtle literary readings and its philosophical commentary, this volume will be a significant resource.

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