This seminal collection of critical and historical essays by Sylvia Wynter brilliantly explores a wide range of subjects, including literature, critical discourse, race, class, and gender in relation to cultural production in the Caribbean. Individual essays focus on topics such as Bob Marley's anticolonial song, Jamaican folk arts, and the Spanish epoch of Jamaican history with a pioneering study of Bernardo de Balbuena. Across this range of topics there is a coherent thread of argument in favor of Marxist-humanist discourse that seeks to draw on all strands of Caribbean ethnic heritage while calling for the recognition and overturning of all inequalities between Caribbean peoples in the economic and cultural sphere.
Sylvia Wynter is a professor emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University, the author of a series of critical articles published in "Jamaica Journal," "New World Quarterly," and "Savacou," and an active participant in the BBC Caribbean Voices radio program. She is the author of "The Hills of Hebron." She lives in Oakland, California.