This book covers significant new ground, examining the impact and imprint of new leading technology on a range of popular expressions. This technology includes the internet, the computer, the cell phone, television, and radio, among others. Best argues that Caribbean culture has gone wireless, virtual, and simulated in the age of the machines.
This book covers significant new ground, examining the impact and imprint of new leading technology on a range of popular expressions.
Author: C. Best
Category: Social Science
This book is the first comparative work of its kind to provide an extended analysis of the contribution of Kamau Brathwaite and Christopher Okigbo. It considers the poetic works of these two artists as they responded to the transformations taking place within Africa and the Caribbean during the Independence period. Some of the issues discussed include: politics and art, religion, spirituality, traditional culture versus popular culture, language and identity, literature and orality, cyber-culture and identity. This book highlights some of the similarities and differences in the life and work of these two poets and examines various aspects of their style. It provides a clearer understanding of the stances these artists took on crucial issues that would shape the face of their respective societies way beyond the Independence period.
This book is the first comparative work of its kind to provide an extended analysis of the contribution of Kamau Brathwaite and Christopher Okigbo.
Author: Curwen Best
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Literary Criticism
The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature offers a comprehensive, critically engaging overview of this increasingly significant body of work. The volume is divided into six sections that consider: the foremost figures of the Anglophone Caribbean literary tradition and a history of literary critical debate textual turning points, identifying key moments in both literary and critical history and bringing lesser known works into context fresh perspectives on enduring and contentious critical issues including the canon, nation, race, gender, popular culture and migration new directions for literary criticism and theory, such as eco-criticism, psychoanalysis and queer studies the material dissemination of Anglophone Caribbean literature and generic interfaces with film and visual art This volume is an essential text that brings together sixty-nine entries from scholars across three generations of Caribbean literary studies, ranging from foundational critical voices to emergent scholars in the field. The volume's reach of subject and clarity of writing provide an excellent resource and springboard to further research for those working in literature and cultural studies, postcolonial and diaspora studies as well as Caribbean studies, history and geography.
(Much of the most exciting work on Caribbean studies and popular culture is being published in the journal Small Axe, which deserves mention here as a ... (2008) The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Author: Michael A. Bucknor
Category: Literary Criticism
This volume explores Caribbean literature from 1800-1920 across genres and in the multiple languages of the Caribbean.
24 For more on Afro-Antillean authors, see Sonja Stephenson Watson, The Politics of Race in Panama: Afro-Hispanic and West Indian ... Curwen Best, The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 192.
Author: Evelyn O'Callaghan
Publisher: Caribbean Literature in Transi
Category: Literary Collections
Curwen Best s The Popular Music and Entertainment Culture of Barbados surveys the development of Barbadian popular music and entertainment culture by focusing on pivotal phenomena, artists, and movements in the evolution of Barbadian popular music and culture. Best concentrates, in particular, on transformations since 1980 and 2000 respectively, each of which marked the ushering in of new opportunities and challenges to the creation and dissemination of Barbadian popular music."
... and his recent pioneering work has opened up the field of Caribbean studies to an engagement with cyberculture and new media. His major books include Barbadian Popular Music: The Politics of Caribbean Culture (1999), ...
Author: Curwen Best
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
In Plenty and in Time of Need demonstrates how the unique history of Barbados has contributed to complex relations of national, gendered, and sexual identities, and how these identities are represented and interpreted on a global stage. As the most widespread manifestation of social commentary, the book uses music and performance to analyze the competing ideals and realities of the national culture. It details the histories of prominent musical artists, including the prolific Pan-Africanist calypsonian the Mighty Gabby, the world-renowned Merrymen, Soca Queen Alison Hinds, artist/activist Rupee, and international superstar Rihanna. Using these artists, the project analyzes how femininity, masculinity, and sexuality are put in service of Barbadian nationalism. By examining websites, blogs, and digital products of these artists in conversation with Barbadian tourism, the book re-examines the ways in which commodity, sexuality, gender performance, and diasporic consciousness undergird individual careers and national representations.
In Women in Caribbean Politics, edited by Cynthia Barrow-Giles, 29–36. ... Bascomb, Lia T. “Rude Girl, Big Woman: Power and Play in Representations of Caribbean Women. ... The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture.
Author: Lia T. Bascomb
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
A legacy of slavery, abolition, colonialism, and class struggle has profoundly impacted the people and culture of the Caribbean. In Tropic Tendencies, Kevin Adonis Browne examines the development of an Anglophone Caribbean rhetorical tradition in response to the struggle to make meaning, maintain identity, negotiate across differences, and thrive in light of historical constraints and the need to participate in contemporary global culture. Browne bases his study on the concept of the “Caribbean carnivalesque” as the formative ethos driving cultural and rhetorical production in the region and beyond it. He finds that carnivalesque discourse operates as a “continuum of discursive substantiation” that increases the probability of achieving desired outcomes for both the rhetor and the audience. Browne also views the symbolic and material interplay of the masque and its widespread use to amplify efforts of resistance, assertion, and liberation. Browne analyzes rhetorical modes and strategies in a variety of forms, including music, dance, folklore, performance, sermons, fiction, poetry, photography, and digital media. He introduces chantwells, calypsonians, old talkers, jamettes, stickfighters, badjohns, and others as exemplary purveyors of Caribbean rhetoric and deconstructs their rhetorical displays. From novels by Earl Lovelace, he also extracts thematic references to kalinda, limbo, and dragon dances that demonstrate the author’s claim of an active vernacular sensibility. He then investigates the re-creation and reinvention of the carnivalesque in cyber culture, demonstrating the ways participants both flaunt and defy normative ideas of “Caribbeanness” in online and macro environments.
Rhetoric, Popular Culture, and the Anglophone Caribbean Kevin Adonis Browne ... Curwen Best, in his study of the politics of Caribbean cyberculture, claims that “the question of access is in many respects central to debates about com— ...
Author: Kevin Adonis Browne
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Muslims have been shaping the Americas and the Caribbean for more than five hundred years, yet this interplay is frequently overlooked or misconstrued. Brimming with revelations that synthesize area and ethnic studies, Crescent over Another Horizon presents a portrait of Islam’s unity as it evolved through plural formulations of identity, power, and belonging. Offering a Latino American perspective on a wider Islamic world, the editors overturn the conventional perception of Muslim communities in the New World, arguing that their characterization as “minorities” obscures the interplay of ethnicity and religion that continues to foster transnational ties. Bringing together studies of Iberian colonists, enslaved Africans, indentured South Asians, migrant Arabs, and Latino and Latin American converts, the volume captures the power-laden processes at work in religious conversion or resistance. Throughout each analysis—spanning times of inquisition, conquest, repressive nationalism, and anti-terror security protocols—the authors offer innovative frameworks to probe the ways in which racialized Islam has facilitated the building of new national identities while fostering a double-edged marginalization. The subjects of the essays transition from imperialism (with studies of morisco converts to Christianity, West African slave uprisings, and Muslim and Hindu South Asian indentured laborers in Dutch Suriname) to the contemporary Muslim presence in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Trinidad, completed by a timely examination of the United States, including Muslim communities in “Hispanicized” South Florida and the agency of Latina conversion. The result is a fresh perspective that opens new horizons for a vibrant range of fields.
Curwen Best, “Cyber Reach: Caribbean Gospel (and Religious) Culture (Version 5.0),” In The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 51–89. 21. Ibid. 22. danah m. boyd and Nicole B. Ellison, ...
Author: Maria del Mar Logroño Narbona
Publisher: University of Texas Press
This book addresses the issue of music consumption in the digital era of technologies. It explores how individuals use music in the context of their everyday lives and how, in return, music acquires certain roles within everyday contexts and more broadly in their life narratives.
... Project/Open, Version 1.4, http://www.fraber.de/gem/Napster%20and%20the%20Music%20Industry%20010617.pdf, date accessed 21 July 2009. C. Best (2008) The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).
Author: Raphaël Nowak
The areas related to emerging forms of electronic communication considered in this text are framed against an historical background. These areas are: issues of what constitutes literacy in communication; paradigms and concepts of self; and the paradoxical nature of technology and cultural shift.
The areas related to emerging forms of electronic communication considered in this text are framed against an historical background.
Author: Stephanie B. Gibson