St. Martin works to be used at American universities

POSTED: 08/17/11 11:27 AM

St. Maarten – Skin by Drisana Deborah Jack is in the company of Caribbean greats at the University of New Orleans (UNO). The poetry collection by the St. Martin poet/artist is now required reading for “Modern Anglophone Caribbean Poetry.” The Fall 2011 course is taught by Prof. John Gery, an Ezra Pound scholar.

The English Department course includes books by Kamau Brathwaite, Lorna Goodison, Claude McKay, and Derek Walcott, all world-acclaimed authors. The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, edited by Stewart Brown and Mark McWatt is also among the nine main texts that will be studied for the class.
“This is another step in having the work of St. Martin writers recognized as part of the canon of Modern Caribbean literature; it’s gratifying to have another collection of poetry recognized this way,” Jack said.
Skin, published here by HNP in 2006, is Jack’s second book used in a US university course. The students enrolled in the UNO course will study Caribbean poetry in English order roche valium online since 1900; look at the history, culture, politics, and languages of the region; interpret specific poems, and recognize significant themes, stated the course description.

Howard A. Fergus’ Love Labor Liberation in Lasana Sekou, another HNP book published in St. Martin, was a curriculum support text for “Music and Narrative in the Hispanic Caribbean,” a 300-level Spanish course taught by Professor Anibal Gonzalez-Perez at Yale University. The selected bibliography that included the critical book about the St. Martin writer’s work was prepared for the Spring 2011 class by Lidia Uziel, Librarian for Western European Languages and Literature. Yale’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese has been ranked #1 in the USA by the National Research Council.
Dr. Fergus, the author of the book of literary criticism, hails from Montserrat. The Yale University Library has also identified Love Labor Liberation as a book to study topics such as “Language and Literature” and “Criticism and interpretation” in the category of “Caribbean Area Civilization.”

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