Chapter One examines the representation of village and small-town rural communities in Olive Senior’s Summer Lightning and Other Stories (1986) and Earl Lovelace’s A Brief Conversion and Other Stories (1988), reading these story collections alongside anthropological studies of rural communities in Jamaica and Trinidad. The chapter explores how the style and narrative structure of these texts reflects their writers’ indebtedness both to a Euro-American modernism and to a Caribbean oral storytelling tradition. By adopting narrative strategies from both traditions, it argues, Senior and Lovelace develop a mode of writing appropriate for articulating the collective voice of a community.
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