is the term generally accepted for the literature
of the various territories of the Caribbean
region. Literature in English specifically from the former British West Indies
may be referred to as Anglo-Caribbean
or, in historical contexts, West Indian
literature, although in modern contexts the latter term is rare.
Most of these territories have become independent nations since the 1960s, though some retain colonial ties to the United Kingdom. They all share, apart from the English language, a number of political, cultural, and social ties which make it useful to consider their literary output in a single category. The more wide-ranging term “Caribbean literature” generally refers to the literature of all Caribbean territories regardless of language—whether written in English, Spanish, French, Hindustani, or Dutch, or one of numerous creoles. Read more…