Patricia Ismond Collection


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Patricia Ismond Collection

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The Patricia Ismond Collection focuses on the Caribbean phase of Sir Derek Walcott’s poetry and the poet’s artistic genius and contribution to the articulation of a Caribbean national culture and identity and the use of folk idiom in the nobel laureates works, in the post colonial independence scene in the Caribbean. Its research significance in Caribbean liberation, national culture, identity and self definition allows students, researchers, playwrights and cultural activists both locally and internationally to investigate and explore the extent to which Walcott’s plays and poetry present the post independence scene and its increasingly more pressing political and social contexts in the post independence period. The collection dives into Walcott’s reality of political individualism amongst the island nations and the literatures of the individual islands of the Caribbean as opposed to West Indian nationalism in its earliest beginnings. Dr. Ismond seeks to portray how Sir Derek’s Walcott and other Saint Lucian authors such as Garth St. Omer’s works emerges a graphic portrait of Saint Lucian society and its setting which is stamped with its own variety of the colonial condition. Her works also seek to show factors such as poverty and religion in the Saint Lucian and West Indian literature which to a large extent, determined and defined the reality of Saint Lucia in colonial times.



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