Caribbean Poetry: The Anglophone Tradition

Fall 2012

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-252  |  English, as ENGL-317; C. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Journals


Start by searching the library catalog for literary and poetry criticism (yes, in print form, mostly):

by KEYWORD [author name, title of poem or collection]


Walcott, Derek -- Criticism and interpretation (as an example, or just enter Lastname, Firstname of your poet and browse the list of subject headings from there) 
Commonwealth literature (English) -- History and criticism
Caribbean literature (English) -- History and criticism
Caribbean poetry (English) or Caribbean poetry (English) -- History and criticism

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

Book Review Digest (1908 to present)
Reviews of English-language fiction and nonfiction books from U. S., Canadian, and British periodicals.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

Searchable full-text archives for 17 periodicals (Harper's, Commonweal, Dissent, the New Yorker, the National Review, and more) known for commentaries and reviews on politics, culture, and the arts.

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

ProQuest Search Platform


Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Extensive collection of critical essays and biographical information on contemporary authors.

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the present
Essays on all aspects of recent African American history: people, events, places, etc.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
300 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, schools, and movements.

Oxford English Dictionary
Key dictionary of English language on historical principles.

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
A handy guide to words, concepts, phrases, etc. used in the serious study of literature.

Twentieth-Century Caribbean and Black African Writers: First, Second, and Third Series [Ref / PR 9205 A52 T88]
Illustrated biographies of selected major authors from Caribbean region and Africa. Lists both original and critical publications.

Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature [Ref / PN 849 C3 E53 2006]
Newer but not as substantial as some other reference works. 

African Caribbeans: a Reference Guide [Ref / F 1629 B55 A37 2003]
Chapters covering history and culture of selected Caribbean islands and countries. A place to begin, not end, a search for background.

Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English [Ref / PR9080.A52 E53 2005Library Info]

Web Resources

Digital Library of the Caribbean
Cooperative digital library for Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

Poetry Foundation
Poems, audio, video, essays, and commentary 



Small Axe


Journal of Commonwealth Literature

World Literature Today

Journal of West Indian Literature

Caribbean Quarterly

Caribbean studies

Journal of postcolonial writing

BIM  [Frost stacks / PR9230.45 .B542Library Info]

Jamaica Journal [Frost Stacks / F1861 .J33Library Info]

Kunapipi [Frost Stacks / PR9080.5 .K8Library Info]

Savacou [Frost Stacks / F1601 .S26Library Info]