Framed by the author’s three encounters with Maureen Warner-Lewis’s voice, this essay evaluates three aspects of her work: her commitment to pedagogical approaches that privilege orature; her commitment to research methodologies that privilege the language and history of Caribbean community members who have preserved explicit connections to African cultural institutions; and the decolonial theoretical orientation of her scholarship, which raises questions about the role of “indigenous” epistemologies in Caribbean literary theory.
Echoes in the Bone: Hearing Africa in Maureen Warner-Lewis’s Caribbean
Rhonda Cobham-Sander is professor of English and Black studies at Amherst College. She is author of I and I: Epitaphs for the Self in the Work of V. S. Naipaul, Kamau Brathwaite, and Derek Walcott (2016) and has published in Callaloo, PMLA, Postcolonial Text, Research in African Literature, Small Axe, and Transition, as well as in numerous critical anthologies. Her current book project, “Amital Queer: Aunts, Auntie Men, and Other Anansis,” examines how Caribbean writers engage the figure of the aunt.
Rhonda Cobham-Sander; Echoes in the Bone: Hearing Africa in Maureen Warner-Lewis’s Caribbean. Small Axe 1 July 2023; 27 (2 (71)): 86–97. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-10795251
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