Denis Williams: A Life in Works: New and Collected Essays (Cross/Cultures 120)

Denis Williams: A Life in Works: New and Collected Essays (Cross/Cultures 120)

By: Evelyn A. Williams (volume_editor), Charlotte Williams (volume_editor)Paperback

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Denis Williams, painter, teacher, novelist, archaeologist, and cultural administrator, is one of the founding fathers of modern Guyana. His involvement in several of the country's key cultural institutions and his pioneering work on Guyana's founding peoples ensures him a special place in the country's history books. Williams also contributed to the outpouring of literature that accompanied the awakening consciousness of Caribbean nations and their drive for independence. His literary work is seminal in depicting the character of the Caribbean person and landscape, and the nature of ancestral (African and Afro-Caribbean) identities. His studies of African art and culture encouraged the young nation of Guyana to turn away from Western epistemologies and to pay serious intellectual attention to other origins. His research into the archaeology and culture of the Amerindian population of Guyana and beyond laid the pathway for further scholarship. The essays assembled here bring together eminent scholars and commentators to offer authoritative analyses of the various aspects of Williams's work - artistic, academic, and literary - and capture the rationale for, the interconnections between, and the evident trajectory of Williams's life work as the epitome of the changing nature of the Caribbean condition. As well as wide-ranging biographical essays, and studies of Williams's activities as a painter, the collection contains a comprehensive primary and secondary bibliography, a generous selection of colour plates, and individual essays devoted to the published novels (Other Leopards; The Third Temptation) and other published and unpublished fiction, and to Williams's archaeological masterpiece, Prehistoric Guiana. Contributors: Ulli Beier, Vibert Cambridge, David Dabydeen, Charles Gore, Stanley Greaves, Wilson Harris, Louis James, Andrew Jefferson-Miles, Nicholas Laughlin, Andrew Lindsay, John Picton, Leon Wainwright, Anne Walmsley, Charlotte Williams, Evelyn A. Williams, Jennifer Wishart.

About Author

Charlotte Williams is Professor of Social Justice, Keele University. Her research incorporates postcolonial and critical race theory, feminism, and critical perspectives in social policy. Her publications include A Tolerant Nation? Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales (co-edited, 2003) and Sugar and Slate (2002). Evelyn A. Williams, a former teacher of art and design, is a practising painter with a recently established studio in Guyana, where she applies the principles of Mbari. Current research interests include Denis Williams's artworks and the vernacular architecture of the Village Movement.


Acknowledgements List of Plates David Dabydeen: Foreword Charlotte Williams and Evelyn A. Williams: Introduction Evelyn A. Williams: The "Uncanny-Potency" of Art Denis Williams: Artworks (Plates 1-10) Wilson Harris: Two Periods in the Work of a West Indian Artist Andrew Jefferson-Miles: The Unframing of the "Indwelling": Self-Portraits Leon Wainwright: Speaking to Contemporary Art History: Denis Williams and Guyana Louis James: "The closeness of profound curiosity": The Parallel Visions of Wilson Harris and Denis Williams Charlotte Williams: "A young man with a hope": Side Notes on the Novel Other Leopards Vibert C. Cambridge: Denis Williams and the New Novel: The Status of The Third Temptation Andrew Lindsay: Preparing the Palette: The Artist in Words Ulli Beier: The Osogbo Art Workshop Charles Gore and John Picton: Denis Williams in Africa: A New Approach to Its Arts and Technologies Stanley Greaves: Meeting Denis: A Mind Engaged Jennifer Wishart and Evelyn A. Williams: `The Island of Guiana' Nicholas Laughlin: "As it was in the beginning": A Commentary on Prehistoric Guiana Anne Walmsley: "He lived his life totally" Denis Williams: Primary and Secondary Bibliography Chronology Notes on Contributors

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  • ISBN13: 9789042027916
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 238
  • ID: 9789042027916
  • weight: 553
  • ISBN10: 9042027916

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