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Afro-GreeksDialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century$
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Emily Greenwood

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575244.001.0001

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This introductory chapter outlines the role that ancient Greece and Rome — as both cultural ideals and antitypes — have played and continue to play in the construction of Caribbean cultural identity in anglophone Caribbean literature. It contends that to overlook dialogues between the Caribbean and ancient Greece and Rome is to perpetuate an odd occlusion in the Caribbean's cultural space and suggests that, rather than projecting alien influences onto the Caribbean, these dialogues might help us to better understand the distinctiveness of anglophone Caribbean literature and may also contribute fresh insights to the study of ancient Greece. Accordingly, the apparent tension in the compound term ‘Afro‐Greeks’ is used to open up an exchange of ideas between spheres of culture that are seemingly incommensurable.

Keywords:   Caribbean Aegean, Caribbean Mediterranean, Hellas, Antonio Benítez‐Rojo, José Martí, our Greece, Afro‐Greeks

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