We Must Learn to Sit Together and Talk About a Little Culture: Decolonizing Essays 1967-1984

We Must Learn to Sit Together and Talk About a Little Culture: Decolonizing Essays 1967-1984

Sylvia Wynter / Apr 09, 2020

We Must Learn to Sit Together and Talk About a Little Culture Decolonizing Essays The Event of the anti colonial struggle which began in the case of a then British Jamaica in the late s cut across the childhood and early adolescence of Sylvia Wynter providing the raison d tre

  • Title: We Must Learn to Sit Together and Talk About a Little Culture: Decolonizing Essays 1967-1984
  • Author: Sylvia Wynter
  • ISBN: 9781845231088
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Event of the anti colonial struggle which began in the case of a then British Jamaica in the late 1930s, cut across the childhood and early adolescence of Sylvia Wynter, providing the raison d tre of the first phase of her important body of work seen in this collection The imperative of decolonizing the order of discourse that had legitimated the then imperial orderThe Event of the anti colonial struggle which began in the case of a then British Jamaica in the late 1930s, cut across the childhood and early adolescence of Sylvia Wynter, providing the raison d tre of the first phase of her important body of work seen in this collection The imperative of decolonizing the order of discourse that had legitimated the then imperial order that is, to the colonizer as well to the colonized , gave rise to a theoretically sustained argument manifest here in a set of seminal critical and historical essays At the time of their writing, Wynter was a practicing novelist, an innovative playwright, a scholar of Spanish Caribbean history, and an incisive literary critic with a gift for the liveliest kind of polemics This intellectual virtuosity is evident in these wide ranging essays that include an exploration of C.L.R James s writings on cricket, Bob Marley and the counter cosmogony of the Rastafari, and the Spanish epoch of Jamaican history including a pioneering examination of Bernado de Balbuena, epic poet and Abbot of Jamaica 1562 1627.Across this varied range of topics, a coherent and consistent thread of argument emerges from Wynter s oeuvre In the vein of C L R James, she placed the history of Spanish Jamaica and therefore the Caribbean in the context of the founding of the post 1492 European settler colonies in the New World, which remained an indispensable element in the first stage of the institutionalization of the Western world system Therefore, a central imperative of her initial work has always been to reconceptualize the history of the region, and therefore of the modern world, but doing so, from a world systemic perspective that is, no longer from the normative perspective of the settler archipelago, but rather inclusively, from those of the neo serf i.e Indian and that of ex slave i.e Negro archipelagos this latter, as what she defines, adapting Enrique Dussel s terms, as the gaze from below perspective of the ultimate underside of modernity Strongly influenced by Marx together with Black thinkers such as Aim C saire, Jean Price Mars seen in the Jonkunnu essay , W E B Du Bois and Frantz Fanon, and with an appreciation of the insights brought by the New Studies of the Sixties including that of Black redemptive co humanist thought, feminism , Wynter s work has sought, from its origin, to find a comprehensive explanatory system able to integrate these knowledges, ones born of struggle.This volume makes an important contribution to restoring to view an essential strand in the 500 year emergent thought generated from the slave ex slave archipelago of the Caribbean and the Americas thought important to what our increasingly integrated world system, the first such in human history.

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      • Sylvia Wynter

        Sylvia Wynter, OJ born 11 May 1928 , is a Jamaican novelist, dramatist critic and essayist.Sylvia Wynter s scholarly work is highly poetic, expository and complex Her work attempts to elucidate the development and maintenance of modernity and the modern man She interweaves science, astrology and critical race theory to explain how the European man comes to be the epitome of humanity, Man 2 or the figure of man In Unsettling the Coloniality of Being Power Truth Freedom Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation An Argument, Wynter explains that the West uses race to attempt to answer the question of who and what we are particularly after the enlightenment period that unveils religion as incapable of answering that question from


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