Aspects of Primitivism in the West Indian Novel of the 1930s

Rodney J. MacIntosh


An exploration of how West Indian writers of the 1930s contrasted their vision of the "primitive" and natural Caribbean lifestyle with the corrosive and artificial values of the West. Novels discussed are: Claude McKay. Banana Bottom (1933); C.L.R. James. Minty Alley (1936) and Edgar Mittelholzer. Corentyne Thunder (1941).

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Copyright (c) 1982 R. J. Mcintosh