Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: W I literature product of political awareness
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Title: W I literature product of political awareness
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/8/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199943
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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literature product

of politi
UNIVERSITY of the West
Indies nleturer. Dr. Gordon
ohlehbr, in an assessment of
the relationship of the writ-
ers an .f the West Indian so-
ciety over thle past three de-
cades,' declared yesterday
that thj Guyana poet, Martin
*Cater, has shown in Yhs
works that he was perhaps,
.earer to the "skeleton of
politics" than any other
writer iD the region. with tihe
Dossihle. exception of the Ja-
ma'can, Roger Mais.
iut of the Trinidadian,
ViVa Naipaul, Dr. Rohleihr
in a penetrating, analysis of
his works and the "fatalism"
whIoh he exhibilted '-. a fa-
tallism of which Carter was
0lfn -1ilrfr .n rtnmp of hi.s



Rohlebr, has ,en a product of
the gi~pwing. social and poli-
tical Awareness, clmipating
in the letter decade in "furi-
ous despair" which now seems
to have given way to a "fresh
faith" among those who are
seeking how best to contri-
bote to the region.
NMiabr of the two writers
he chose to analyse at length
Carter and Naipaul --was
present at the University of
GUlyan where the conference
is. taking place. Nor was
George Lamming. who Dr.
RoAblhr said, produced his,
"Pleasures of Eile'" as the
1960 dawned with is .disill-
lusiomuent -for the West In-
dian writers.
He later quoted from the
writings of Derek. Walcott to
explain the W t .Indian art-
ist's feeling that carn*val in
Trinld4d reveals a& i-t wai s -
undfscintined, shallow : and Dr.4 GORDON ROBLEH ..
eae5v about the trimnidad dis3assing West Indian Uterin
sMo.etyi and spoke citmally ture of the 50s and 60s. Seh
of -th- reomeansing o. the ed, is the Guyanese. anluij
.Afrdicap heritage" that bor- and poet, A. J. Seyniour
:ierse ona A Dasnit- dream. chairman for the eoasion.*

poems dismissed the West
Indian author with having a
static and absurd concept of
West Indian society and" a:
nihillistj~ attitude towards
West India politics.
SSpeaking on, "Llterature
!and Society" at the two-day
conference of :writers and
artists participating in Cari.
festa '72, Dr. Rohlehr said
that white writers like Carter'
and Nailaul revealed so much
of fata~ani in the Caribbean
scene men like Wilson Harris, kept
open ia his works, such as
'Palace of the Peacocks' the
possibity of redeinption and
the emergence of a new per-
West Indian iterature of
phepust two decades, saiddj.


A SECTION of the audience at;Dt. Gordon Rohlehr's address. on, "Literature and Society". Among those seen in this
picture are Culture Minister, Sarley Field-Ridiey, and, ftWs. Viola Burnham, wife of. the r e Minister.

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