The latest issue of the Journal of West Indian Literature (JWIL Volume 27, Issue 2) is here. Guest edited by Debra Providence, this installment centers on Caribbean Speculative/Science Fiction. As JWIL’s Lisa Outar explains, the stunning cover art is by Russell Watson—”HUAA 05″ 24in x 24in, Digital Photo Collage, 2015—from a series of collages pairing human and coral portraits. Here is more information from the JWIL team:
This special issue edited by Debra Providence is dedicated to Caribbean Speculative/Science Fiction and features articles developed from presentations at the 2018 Symposium on Caribbean Science/Speculative Fiction, hosted by the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. These articles examine a range of works from writers that explore motifs, identity, post-coloniality, posthumanism, through a Caribbean SF frame.
Jacinth Howard’s “black technologies” offers a meditation on issues related to Caribbean history, migration and identity within alien and dystopian worlds. Nicola Hunte explores intersections between Afrofuturism and Caribbean SF and their implications for representations of the Other. Jarrel De Matas’s “Cyborg” examines Caribbean posthumanism and future-scapes and how these complicate ideas of the Caribbean post-colonial. Hannah Regis looks back at Lamming’s Season of Adventure for how ‘spirit presence’ is critical to the development of national identity. Rosana Herrero Martín’s dive into Rita Indiana’s Tentacle offers a glimpse into the Hispanophone Caribbean SF offerings, highlighting radical textual experimentation and its consequent implications for understanding Caribbean identity.
Our book review section highlights recent works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Michael A. Bucknor reviews Brother by David Chariandy. Aliyah Khan explores Lalbihari Sharma’s I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara, translated by Rajiv Mohabir. Finally, Najnin Islam spotlights We Mark Your Memory: Writing from the Descendants of Indenture, edited by David Dabydeen, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen and Tina K. Ramnarine.
We hope you enjoy the issue and we welcome your feedback.
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For more info on Russell Watson, see https://www.russellwatsonart.com/p13709227