The transformation of Maureen Warner-Lewis’s intellectual career from colonial to postcolonial shaping was gradual and sometimes fortuitous. It involved a bifurcation in disciplines, evolving from English literary developments into Afro-Caribbean social and linguistic history. Linguistic fieldwork further led into concerns with religious, culinary, and musical folkways, as well as biographical investigation. Outlines of Warner-Lewis’s writings on the Caribbean and on Caribbean cultures inspired by Yoruba, Igbo, and Kongo matrices are presented.
Maureen Warner-Lewis is emeritus professor of African-Caribbean language and orature in the Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona, where her teaching specializations were Anglo-Saxon, West Indian, African, and oral literatures. Her research on African cultural and linguistic retentions in the Caribbean has resulted in the publication of five books.
Maureen Warner-Lewis; Widening Horizons. Small Axe 1 July 2023; 27 (2 (71)): 51–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-10795209
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