Shifting the focus from poetry to the novel; from Afro-Cuban writing to the representation of Asian-Caribbean women; from the oral tradition to the scribal, this critical anthology develops the debate concerning ways of reading Caribbean women's literature. Framing The Word offers challenging perspectives from writers and critics alike writing and/or teaching in the Caribbean, the UK and the USA. Reflecting on the diversity within that body of literature generally known as Caribbean women's writing, Framing The Word moves beyond the celebratory to explore and substantiate the central questions of gender and genre. This book will be of special interest to students, teachers and a wider readership interested to become better informed about this remarkable and vibrant new writing. Contents Isms and Schisms in the Critical Frame Framing The Word: Caribbean Women's Writing ?Merle Collins, Associate Professor in Creative Writing, University of Maryland, USA En/Gendering Spaces: The Poetry of Marlene Nourbese Philip and Pamela Mordecai?Elaine Savory, New School for Social Research, New York, USA Writing for Resistance: Nationalism and Narratives of Liberation ?Alison Donnell, Lecturer in Post-Colonial Literatures, Nottingham Trent University, England Jamaica Kincaid's Prismatic Self and the Decolonialisation of Language and Thought ?Giovanna Covi, Researcher in English Language and Literature, University of Trento, Italy Views from Within and Betwixt Genres Figures of Silence and Orality in the Poetry of M. Nourbese Philip?David Marriott, Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, England Saint Lucian Lawz and Lamagwit Songs Within the Caribbean and African Tradition?Morgan Dalphinis, Senior Lecturer/Caribbean Coordinator, Handsworth College, Birmingham, England Keeping Tradition Alive?Jean Buffong, Writer New Encounters: Availability, Acceptability and Accessibility of New Literature from Caribbean Women?Susanna Steele Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich. and Joan Anim-Addo in Conversation Children Should Be Seen and Spoken To: or ... Writing For and About Children?Thelma Perkins, Teacher, South East London, England 'A World Of Caribbean Romance': Reformulating the Legend of Love or: 'Can a Caress be Culturally Specific?'?Jane Bryce, Lecturer in African Literature, Cave Hill Department of English, University of the West Indies Houses and Homes: Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle and Beryl Gilroy's Frangipani House?Mary Cond Lecturer in English, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, England. Beyond the Divide of Language Women Writers in Twentieth Century Cuba: An Eight-Point Survey?Catherine Davies, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Manchester University, England. Patterns of Resistance in Afro-Cuban Women's Writing: Nancy Morejn's 'Amo a mi amo' ?Conrad James, Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Italian, University of Durham, England Encoding the Voice: Caribbean Women's Writing and Creole ?Susanne Mhleisen, Lecturer in Linguistics, Department of English, University of Hanover, Germany. Surinam Women Writers and Issues of Translation?Petronella Breinburg, Head of the Caribbean Centre, Goldsmiths' College, London, England. Out of a Diverse Caribbean Womanhood Frangipani House Beryl Gilroy Writer 'One of the Most Beautiful Islands in the World and One of the Unluckiest': ?Jean Rhys and Dominican National Identity Thorunn Lonsdale, Researcher, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, England Audacity and Outcome: Writing African-Caribbean Womanhood Joan Anim-Addo Coming Out of Repression: Lakshmi Persaud's Butterfly in the Wind?Kenneth Ramchand, Professor of West Indian Literature, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, and Professor of English, Colgate University, New York.