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Wynter, Sylvia


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Sylvia Wynter, OJ, novelist, dramatist, professor, and essayist, was born in 1928 while her parents, both born in Jamaica, were working in Cuba. The family returned to Jamaica in 1930. Wynter was educated in Jamaica and won a series of scholarships which led her to study Spanish modern languages at the University of Madrid and the University of London, King's College, where she completed her MA thesis A lo que obliga el honor . Wynter held professorships at the University of West Indies, Mona, the University of California, San Diego, and Stanford University. Wynter wrote creative texts in the late-1950s and throughout the 1960s. Soon after she became widely recognized for the numerous critical essays she had written on colonialism, modernity, the human, and humanism. Her creative works and critical essays have been regarded alongside the writings of Edouard Glissant, Merle Hodge, Derek Walcott, Jean Price-Mars, Jacques Derrida, Michelle Cliff, C. L. R. James, Jan Carew, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Elsa Goveia, W. E. B. Du Bois, Aimé Césaire, among others. In 2010 Wynter was awarded the Order of Jamaica. Wynter wrote, adapted, and translated several plays for radio, television and the stage. Part of this work included collaborations with her former husband, Guyanese novelist Jan Carew. In 1962 her novel The Hills of Hebron was published. Written in the midst of global anti-colonial ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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