The Introduction considers how community dynamics in Trinidad, Jamaica and Guyana have been shaped by histories of colonialism, slavery, and migration. It goes on to examine unity in diversity models of community developed in Caribbean literary and cultural studies, and Caribbean anthropology, considering their applicability to Caribbean short stories. The Introduction then traces the Caribbean short story’s publishing history from small regional magazines and the BBC Caribbean Voices programme in the 1940s and 1950s, to the rise of anthologies, collections and short story cycles in the 1980s, illustrating the form’ps importance to the emergence of a Caribbean literary aesthetic. It then draws attention to various theories of the short story collection as a form concerned with imagining community, locating the book’s analysis of interconnected stories in relation to debates over the genre’s nature and function. Finally, the introduction outlines the book’s aims in reading Caribbean literature and anthropology in parallel.
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