Theoretical Texts/Criticism



    • Alleyne, Mervyn. Roots of Jamaican Culture. London: Pluto Press, 1988.
    • Aschcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-colonial Literatures. New York: Routledge, 1989.
    • Benitez-Rojo, Antonio. The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Post-Modern
      , 2nd ed. Trans. James E. Maraniss. Durham: Duke University Press, 1996.
    • Chevannes, Barry. Betwixt and Between: Explorations in an African-Caribbean Mindscape. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2006.
    • Courlander, Harold. The Drum and the Hoe: Life and Lore of the Haitian People. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1960.
    • Davies, Carole Boyce. Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject. New York: Routledge University Press, 1994. Davies, Carole Boyce and Molara Ogundipe-Leslie, Eds. New York University Press: New York, 1995.
    • Diedrich, Maria, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Carl Pedersen, Eds. Black Imagination and the Middle Passage. New York; Oxford University Press, 1999
    • Figueroa, Esther. “Jamaican Women’s Lives and Resistance: An Interview with Honor Ford Smith.” Off Our Backs: A Women ‘s Newsjournal. Vol. 17, Issue 3, March 31, 1987.
    • ____.”Jamaican Women’s Theatre: An Interview with Honor Ford-Smith (Part 2). Off Our Backs: A Women’s Newsjournal. Vol. 17, Issue 4, April 30, 1987. _
    • ____.”Notes Toward a New Aesthetic.” Melus. Vol. 16, Issue 3, Fall 89. _
    • ____.”No! to Sexual Violence in Jamaica.” Ed. Miranda Davies. Women and Violence. New Jersey: Zed Books, 1994, 225-229.
    • ______. and Joanne Tompkins. Post-colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics. New York: Routledge, 1996.
    • Ford-Smith, Honor. “Sistren Women’s Theatre, Organizing and Conscientization”. Ed. Pat Ellis. Women of the Caribbean. New Jersey: Zed Books, 1986, 122-128. _
    • Gilbert, Helen. “Sistren Theatre Collective Introduction.” Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology. Ed. Helen Gilbert. New York: Routledge, 2001, 153-6.
    • Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora. Ed. Harris, Joseph E. Washinton, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1993.
    • Jonas, Joyce. Anancy in the Great House: Ways of Reading West Indian Fiction. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.
    • Kendrick, Dolores. The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1989.
    • McFarlane, Adrian Anthony. The Epistemological Significance of “I-an-I” as a Response to Quashie and Anancyism in Jamaican Culture.” Eds. Nathaniel Samuel Murrell, William David Spencer and Adrian Anthony McFarlane. Chanting Down Babylon. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988, 107-121.
    • Moving Beyond Boundaries. Volume 1: International Dimensions of Black Women’s Writing. Davies, Carole Boyce and Molara Ogundipe-Leslie, Eds. New York University Press: New York, 1995.
    • Nettleford, Rex. “Jamaican Song and Story and the Theater.” Ed. Walter Jekyll. Jamaican Song and Story: Annancy Stories, Digging Sings, Dancing Tunes and Ring Tunes. New York: Dover Publications, 1966, xiii-xv.
    • O’Callaghan, Evelyn. Woman Version: Theoretical Approached to West Indian Fiction by Women. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.
    • Rody, Caroline. The Daughter’s Return: African-American and Caribbean Women’s
      Fictions of History.
      New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
    • Sistren with Honor Ford-Smith. “Caribbean Drama of the Caribbean”. The Caribbean Writer . Kingshill, 2001.
    • Smitherman, Geneva. Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994.
    • Tafari-Ama, Imani M. “Rastawoman as Rebel: Case Studies in Jamaica.” Eds. Nathaniel Samuel -Murrell, William David Spencer and Adrian Anthony McFarlane. Chanting Down Babylon. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988, 89-106.
    • The African Diaspora: African Origians and New World Identities. Eds. Okpewho, Carole Boyce-Davies and Ali A. Mazrui. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.
    • The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature. Eds. Alison Donnell and Sarah Lawson Welsh. New York: Routledge Press, 1996.
    • Wild Women in the Whirlwind: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance. Eds. Joanne M. Braxton and Andrée Nicola McLaughlin. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990
    • Yawney, Carole. “To Grow a Daughter: Cultural Liberation and the Dynamics of Oppression in Jamaica.” Eds. Angela Miles and Geraldine Finn. Feminism in Canada. Montreal; Black Rose Books, 1982, 119-144.


  • Bambara, Toni Cade. The Salt Eaters. New York: Vintage, 1980.
  • Butler, Octavia. Fledgling. New York: Warner Books, 2005.
  • Gomez, Jewell. The Gilda Stories: A Novel. Ithaca: Firebrand Books, 1991.
  • Johnson, Charles. Middle Passage. New York; Penguin Books, 1990.
  • ________. Dreamer. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1998.
  • _______. Faith and the Good Thing. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1974.
  • Jones, Edward P. The Known World. New York: Harper Collins, 2004.
  • Larsen, Nella. Quicksand and Passing. Ed. Deborah E. McDowell. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2000.
  • Major, Clarence. Reflex and Bone Structure. San Francisco: Mercury House, 1996.
  • McBride, James. Song Yet Sung. New York: Riverhead Books, 2008.
  • Morrison, Toni. Beloved. New York: Penguin Book, 1987.
  • ________.A Mercy: A Novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 2008.
  • Mosley, Walter. Twelve Steps Toward Political Revelation. New York: Nation Books, 2011.
  • Naylor, Gloria, Ed. Children of the Night: Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1995.
  • ________. Mama Day. New Yotk: Vintage Books, 1993.
  • Rawles, Nancy. My Jim.New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.
  • Schuyler, George S. Black-No-More. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969.
  • Thomas, Sheree R., Ed. Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora. New York: Warner books, 2000.
  • _____. Dark Matter: Reading the Bones. New York: Warner Books, 2004.
  • Wideman, John Edgar. All Stories Are True. New York: Vingtage Books, 1992.


  • Levy, Andrea. Never Far from Nowhere. London: Review, 1996.
  • Phillips, Caryl. The Atlantic Sound. London: Faber, 2000.
  • ______. Crossing the River. New York: Vintage Books, 1993.
  • ______. A Distant Shore. New York; Vintage, 2003.

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