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ENGL 4150: Studies in Caribbean Literature (Morrison): Caribbean Literature

A guide that supports research about the literature of the Caribbean.

ENGL 4150


ENGL 4150: Studies in Caribbean Literature: History and Memory is a study of literature from the English-speaking Caribbean, written in English and Caribbean mother tongues, and including literature in translation from the French and Spanish-Speaking Caribbean regions.

Pictured Left to Right:  Kamau Brathwaite author of Liviticus, the new poetry collection. (HNP photo) Lorna Goodison, Photo by Denis Valentine

Background Image: Caribbean Map via Wikimedia Commons

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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Reference books: Time period specific

Reference Books

Recommended Critical Reading

Books from Middle Georgia State University

University System of Georgia (Order through GIL Express)


How do I find a Journal? 

—On the Middle Georgia State University Library homepage look for the item under resources labelled “Journals A-Z." Type in the name of the journal, and click “Search.”

Look for publication dates that fall within your range. If we subscribe to the journal, choose the database from the list that has publication dates that fit your time frame. (There may be multiple, you only  need to pick one.) Choose to “search within this publication” or a similar option.  When the search page comes up select “advanced” searching so that you can add more keywords to your search.  

Below you will see some examples of journals related to this topic: 

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Required Reading that you Can Request (within the University of Georgia System)




Required Reading You Can Request (InterLibrary Loan- Outside the USG)

Requesting Books & Articles via InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan -- allows authorized users to obtain borrowed or copied materials not available in the Middle Georgia State Library collections. Books not available in USG libraries and journal articles are requested for you by our interlibrary loan personnel. Please note: textbooks cannot be ordered through interlibrary loan.

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The purpose of the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is to provide access to materials (books and journal articles) that are not found in the Middle Georgia State University Library or through GIL Express. Current Middle Georgia State University faculty, staff, and students, as well as retired faculty, may use this service. Patrons not currently affiliated with Middle Georgia State University are not eligible.

The books below can be requested via InterLibrary Loan.

Suggested Reading

Books from Middle Georgia State University

University System of Georgia (Order through GIL Express)

Derek Walcott

Edwidge Danticat

Julia Alvarez

Paule Marshall

Jamaica Kincaid

Books at Middle Georgia State University


In the Time of the Butterflies

On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies). Three decades later, Julia Alvarez, daughter of the Dominican Republic and author of the acclaimed How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, brings the Mirabal sisters back to life in this extraordinary novel. Each of the sisters speaks in her own voice; beginning as young girls in the 1940s, their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. Their story is framed by their surviving sister who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas. This inspired portrait of four women is a haunting statement about the human cost of political oppression, and is destined to take its place alongside Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Allende's The House of the Spirits as one of the great 20th-century Latin American novels.


The Arrivants

Here for the first time in a single volume is Edward Brathwaite's Caribbean trilogy - Rights of Passage, Masks, and Islands - a brilliant exploration of the predicament of the contemporary New World Negro. Through the tension of jazz/folk rhythm, through historical flashbacks, and excursions to Europe, New York and Africa, the poet interweaves the past and present of his Caribbean homeland - its natural beauty, its violent history, the values that sustain its people - into a vigorous anddistinctive poetic statement.

The Dragon Can't Dance

Carnival takes on social and political importance in this recognized classic. The people of the shantytown Calvary Hill, usually invisible to the rest of society, join the throng and flaunt their neighborhood personas in masquerade during Carnival. Aldrick, the dashing "king of the Hill," becomes a glorious, dancing dragon; his lovely Sylvia, a princess; Fisheye, rebel idealist, a fierce steel band contestant; and Philo, Calypso songwriter, a star. Then a business sponsors Fisheye's band, Philo gets a hit song, and Sylvia leaves the Hill with a prosperous older man. For Aldrick, it will take one more masquerade--this time, involving guns and hostages--before the illusion of power becomes reality.

While Gods Are Falling

Exposing the political and cultural failure to address the challenges of postcolonial Trinidad, this insightful novel portrays a world where the working man must face the crime and violence that is destroying the social body. Walter Castle is dissatisfied with his regular job in the Laventille slum in Port of Spain. As the prospect of promotion is bleak and crime and lawless youth become insupportable, he dreams of going back to the village community he grew up in. Unfortunately, the force of nostalgia is not supported by actual memories and as Walter abandons his dreams he is forced to choose between turning into a drone who passes through life without leaving a mark, or standing up for himself. Originally published in 1965, this story remains surprisingly contemporary with its astringent critique of the top-down authoritarianism of nationalist politics.

The Lonely Londoners

The Longman Caribbean Writers Series comprises of many classic novels, short stories and plays by the best known Caribbean authors, together with works of the highest quality from new writers.


The coming-of-age story of one of Jamaica Kincaid's most admired creations--newly available in paperback Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple--handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, alomst at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers' world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is. At the same time that Lucy is coming to terms with Lewis's and Mariah's lives, she is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest. InLucy, Jamaica Kincaid has created a startling new character possessed with adamantine clearsightedness and ferocious integrity--a captivating heroine for our time.