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Title: Innumerable iguanas : St. Lucia's literary landscape
Author: Haynes, Leanne
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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'Innumerable Iguanas' is a study of St. Lucia's modern literary landscape. It focuses on four figures representative of St. Lucian writing over the last forty years: Derek Walcott, his twin brother Roderick Walcott, Kendel Hippolyte and Earl Long. The first chapter concentrates on two of Derek Walcott's poems, 'Tales of the Islands' and 'The Schooner Flight'. The former of these poems is indicative of an early stage in Walcott's writing career and mainly looks at the St. Lucian experience through the eyes of the continental visitor. The poem is an example of Walcott's developing views on St. Lucia and towards the end of the sequence, his own 'leavetaking moves towards dispelling the myth of the insular island. In 'The Schooner Flight', Walcott places St. Lucia in the wider context of the Caribbean, tracing a larger circle of shared experience. Together, the poems encompass themes pertinent in St. Lucian literature, which are indeed prominent in this thesis. The second chapter discusses Roderick Walcott's use of folklore in particular relation to an unpublished play, Papa Diable, or the Devil at Christmas. Attention is given to how Roderick Walcott gives space to both religion and folklore in the play. The third chapter looks at Kendel Hippolyte's play The Drum-maker and his poem 'De Land - a Caribbean Nursery Rhyme', both of which deal with the theme of the dispossession of people from the land. The material is examined in the context of twenty first century St. Lucia and the problems the island faces because of tourism and mass development. The final chapter discusses Earl Long's novel Voices from a Drum, playing close attention to its intricate narrative strands and to the historical figure of the maroon. An Afterword maps out St. Lucia's contemporary literary scene, briefly introducing a selection of new St. Lucian writers who are making their mark on the island's literary landscape, their work informed by the writers discussed in this thesis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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