Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-9

Contents

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pp. ix-x

Illustrations

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pp. xi-xii

Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvii

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Introduction

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pp. 20-28

Labor Day. Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 1999: there I was, standing half-naked in the middle of Eastern Parkway, covered from head to foot in blue paint. Head bad. My costume: horns, shorts, jungle boots, a rough tail, and a nearly empty leather rum pouch around my neck. Watch me, nah! A former Caliban, reclaiming myself in Brooklyn. A comfortably clichéd champion of my culture. A displaced...

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Chapter 1. Mas Rhetorica: A Brief Discourse on the Caribbean Carnivalesque

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pp. 29-48

The emergence of an articulable Caribbean ethos occurred at a critical juncture in the history of the region. Referred to in the Illustrated London News as “parts of the world to which public attention [was] becoming much directed by impending changes in the main route of commerce,”1 the region was of great...

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Chapter 2. Structure, Strategy, and Rhetorical Parameters in Caribbean Expression

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pp. 49-98

First, a conversion: in the 1960s the anthropologist Roger Abrahams conducted fieldwork in Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, and Tobago. In a pioneering attempt to apply Kenneth Burke’s rhetorical method to the analysis of the folklore and expressive culture that he observed in the region, he theorized that “the carrying out of rhetorical intent [or motive as symbolically enacted in specific genres]...

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Chapter 3. From the Darker Side of a Schism: Performance and the Prophetic Masque

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pp. 99-121

The Caribbean rhetor’s expressions of language, culture, and identity articulate an ethos that grows out of the internalization and subsequent externalization of rhetorical strategies, practices, and tradition as public performance; each performance embodies the idea that...

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Chapter 4. ”We Is People”: Earl Lovelace, Ethos, and a Rhetoric of Vernacular Fiction

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pp. 122-146

The epic of Caribbean history and its long, literary stretch into contemporary times together signify an extended rhetorical situation, producing authors whose concern for their communities and constituents is founded on their desires for the authentic enactment of independence—that is, liberation and participation as recognized and recognizable members of society despite resistance...

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Chapter 5. Inhabiting the Digital Vernacular: The Old Talkers, the Caribloggers, and the Jamettes

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pp. 147-173

For Caribbean people, who have emerged collectively from a history of fragmentation and coalescence, the notion of a “virtual community” ought to be passé;1 at the very least, it ought to be fairly easy to conceive, if only because they have traditionally had to contend with presuppositions about their ability to cohere on a complex vernacular level while devising alternative means of expression...

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Conclusion

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pp. 174-185

Labor Day. Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 1999: that memory of myself in blue— with fork and horn and tail—brings with it a nagging question. What is the value of intuition without inquiry, and what merit is there in remembering if action is not forthcoming? This was a call to which I could have provided only a partial response. I quickly decided that the time for critical reflection was not in...

Notes

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pp. 186-205

Bibliography

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pp. 206-215

Discography

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pp. 216-217

Index

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pp. 218-233

Back Cover

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pp. 234-234