· July, 2007

Stories about Literature from July, 2007

Bahrain: Does A PlayStation 2 Gun Count As A Weapon?

Bahrain's bloggers have moved on this week to comment on a protest held outside the Iranian Embassy in protest against an editorial by Iranian editor Hossein Shariatmadari, which started that Bahrain should become a part of Iran. Others talk about Embassy interviews for Visas, the release of a Guantanamo detainee, why Bahrain is vying to build the highest skyscraper and preparing for the new release of Harry Potter.

Jamaica: A Caribbean Harry Potter?

  18 July 2007

As the world anticipates the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this weekend, Geoffrey Philp wonders whether there could ever be a similar series from the Caribbean: “While it is possible to write a children’s book using the nature religions of Great Britain, it is unthinkable to write...

Jamaica: The Large Black Woman

  17 July 2007

“How is the large black woman represented in both literary and popular venues? How is she perceived? How do her race, size and gender intersect in her representation?” Geoffrey Philp features Jamaican author Andrea Elizabeth Shaw in her own words.

Guyana: Modern-Day Fairytale?

  17 July 2007

“Once upon a now time, it got a gyal who believe in love and romance…” Guyana-Gyal is torn between her “well-beloved myths” and reality.

Jamaica: The Human Cage

  13 July 2007

“A caged bird cannot pick blossom from the tree nor catch worms from the soil.” The Inmate Diaries features the poetry of Byron Mesquita, a prisoner at a correctional facility in Jamaica.

Bahamas: Literary Ethnicity?

  13 July 2007

“When I gave my reading…someone remarked that my poetry was not ‘street’. Well, I wondered, why should it be?” Nicolette Bethel examines the role ethnicity plays in literature.

Jamaica: Crystal Rain

  11 July 2007

“Amnesia as a metaphor for cultural and historic rootlessness has been widely used in Caribbean writing and it informs the writing of Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite.” Geoffrey Philp reviews Caribbean author Tobias S. Buckell's new book.

Guatemala: In a Culture of Sports, Here are Seven Cultural Blogs

  10 July 2007

Nearly three percent of Guatemala's annual budget is devoted to sports. The sports section in local newspapers is much larger than the culture section. However, cultural blogs are present in the country letting readers know about great projects, events and activities. Here are seven of these blogs.