3:50 AM; How I Made Into Page Five; Or, When Literary Evidence Fails; Or, Page Counting Yields More Page Counting; Or, Oh, the Irony of it All

Here's the paragraph I'm working on now, which might entertain. Desperate times, desperate measures.

I'm totally getting an A on this.

This reflection of the Post Colonial experience is one that is without representation in the current edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. In total, there are three Post Colonial writers from the Caribbean contained within the text book: Kamau Brathwaite, V.S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, and Derek Walcott. Two of the four (Jean Rhys and V.S. Naipaul) have only prosaic works in The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Kamau Brathwaite's selections consist of both poetry and one essay, and Walcott's chosen work is, of course, all poetic. In total, out of the 2,877 pages of material that comprise the current edition, only 51 of those are dedicated to Caribbean writers. And, it could be argued that V.S. Naipaul's "One Out of Many" and its 22 pages can be deducted from this total since the story has nothing to do with the Caribbean experience at all. The sad remainder, 29 pages, is all we currently have to represent Caribbean culture and its writers.

1 comment:

Anna Nym said...

By the way...I totally got an A on that.