This essay discusses Belinda Edmondson’s Creole Noise: Early Caribbean Dialect Literature and Performance (2022). The author shows how Edmondson challenges Standard English dismissals of anglophone Caribbean vernaculars as an inferior form of English and reorients the historical legacy of Anglo-Creoles by pushing against the assumption that these Creoles are a lingua franca restricted to Black folk cultures in the Caribbean. Beginning with European migration to the Caribbean, Creole Noise charts the colonial and postcolonial emergence of robust, creative vernaculars in the anglophone context. The lively, well-written book reveals how multiple constituencies have contributed culturally to the unique Caribbean language variants that refashioned the English language and enriched global literature.
Din as Discourse in the Anglophone Caribbean
Supriya M. Nair is professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is author of Caliban’s Curse: George Lamming and the Revisioning of History (1996) and Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours (2013); editor of Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature (2012); and coeditor, with Gaurav Desai, of Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism (2005). Her research and teaching interests include Caribbean, postcolonial, feminist, diaspora, environmental, and cultural studies.
Supriya M. Nair; Din as Discourse in the Anglophone Caribbean. Small Axe 1 November 2023; 27 (3 (72)): 226–236. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-10899218
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