Historical Thought and Literary Representation in West Indian Literature

This text is an exploration of how history has been perceived, constructed and used in the fiction, poetry and drama of the Caribbean. Nana Wilson-Tagoe analyzes the work of selected writers and seeks to reveal how the historical imagination has inspiredthe literature of the region and how it has in turn broadened the definitions of history to include deeper currents and hidden influences. The book raises questions about gender and history and the ways in which women's experiences have mediated their protrayal of the past. The author also explores the complex role of Africa in the imagination of West Indian writers.