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Caribbean Middlebrow: Leisure Culture and the Middle Class Hardcover – October 29, 2009
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"Caribbean Middlebrow makes a major and original contribution to a field of study that is at once established and increasingly pursued: the status, definition, and involvement of the Caribbean middle class at a variety of levels and locations. . . . It is remarkable for the breadth of its interrogation of various popular culture genres across time without sacrificing analytical depth in the process. It is also a unique and updated point of departure for exploring the position and practices of the Caribbean middle class in relation to the working class."―Karla Slocum, New West Indian Guide (Vol. 85, Nos. 3 and 4, 2011)
"In Caribbean Middlebrow, Edmondson accomplishes her goal of demonstrating the existence of an aspirational and leisure-oriented middlebrow culture in the Anglophone Caribbean from the mid-nineteenth century through the present. Her cultural study provides a corrective to the established view of a polarized Caribbean culture and compliments previous scholarship focused on the political orientation of the Caribbean's black and brown middle-class. Further scholarly inquiries into the cultural or even political, social, and economic development of this historically misrepresented segment of Caribbean society will likely benefit from Edmondson’s timely work."―Brandon Byrd, Caribbean Studies (Jan.-June 2012)
"Belinda Edmondson's Caribbean Middlebrow is a timely project that offers a much-needed corrective to the well-established notion that Anglophone Caribbean literary culture has been and is being produced mainly by exiles in Britain and the United States. Arguing that middle-classness and cultural authenticity need not be opposites, Edmondson shows us that the middle classes in the English-speaking Caribbean not only consume but also produce culture and have done so since the nineteenth century. This book is required reading for anyone interested in Caribbean studies."―Vera M. Kutzinski, Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University, author of Sugar's Secrets
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