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Natural mysticism: Reggae and Caribbean poetics

Warton Lecture on English Poetry, by Professor Kwame Dawes, 6-7.15pm

With its complex engagement with issues of faith, politics, identity discourses, social consciousness, sexual politics, fashion, everyday cultural practices, geopolitical dynamics, language innovation and invention, and its enduring persistence in the popular and literary consciousness of Caribbean society, reggae music continues to be one of the singular, most consistently illuminating and necessary perspectives through which to understand the poetics of Caribbean writing today. In this lecture, Professor Dawes rehearses the aesthetic principles of reggae music and reveals the ways in which the music, in its many incarnations, continues to shape the work of several generations of Caribbean poets.

About the speaker:
Kwame Dawes is author of 18 collections of poetry; two novels; numerous anthologies; and plays. He has won the Forward Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Emmy. At the University of Nebraska he is a Chancellor's Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner.


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Date and Time:

23 April 2015 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



British Academy
Carlton House Terrace

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