New Ebook—”The Jamaica Reader: Historical past, Tradition, Politics”

The Jamaica Reader: Historical past, Tradition, Politics (2021) edited by Diana Paton and Matthew J. Smith, is now on “the cabinets.” [Also see previous post Forthcoming: The Jamaica Reader.]

From Miss Lou to Bob Marley and Usain Bolt to Kamala Harris, Jamaica has had an outsized attain in international mainstream tradition. But a lot of its most vital historic, cultural, and political occasions and features are largely unknown past the island. The Jamaica Reader presents a panoramic historical past of the nation, from its precontact indigenous origins to the current. Combining multiple hundred basic and lesser-known texts that embrace journalism, lyrics, memoir, and poetry, the Reader showcases myriad voices from over the centuries: the earliest revealed black author within the English-speaking world; up to date dancehall artists; Marcus Garvey; and nameless migrant employees. It illuminates the complexities of Jamaica’s previous, addressing matters reminiscent of resistance to slavery, the trendy vacationer business, the realities of city life, and the wrestle to discover a nationwide identification following independence in 1962. All through, it sketches how its residents and guests have skilled and formed its place on this planet. Offering an unparalleled have a look at Jamaica’s historical past, tradition, and politics, this quantity is a perfect companion for anybody focused on studying about this magnetic and dynamic nation.

The Jamaica Reader: Historical past, Tradition, Politics
Diana Paton and Matthew J. Smith (Eds)
Duke College Press, June 2021
536 pages
ISBN 978-1-4780-1151-4 (pb), 978-1-4780-1049-4 (hc)

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