This article is my latest effort to think about the Caribbean form of carnival as I’ve experienced it over nearly 50 years, mainly in Leeds, and occasionally in Trinidad. It emphasises the regenerative, satirical and playful elements of carnival, utilising the work of the great Russian thinker Mikhail Bakhtin.
It was written for the academic journal Caribbean Quarterly, excellently edited by Dr Kim Robinson-Walcott, so it has some of the flavour demanded by universities. But it should be fairly readable, especially to those who love the bacchanal. Download here:
This special issue of Caribbean Quarterly (Vol 65, No. 4) on carnival was edited by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall and it contains lots of other interesting work on this topic. You can see the list of articles on the CQ link above. If you have free access to the journal online please download them. If not, email me and I’ll send you them as PDFs. (This issue is on the Caribbean Quarterly link above.)
Some time ago I co-authored with Emily ZM and my brother Guy another article on carnival for the journal Soundings. It’s less academic than the CQ article and it makes a slightly different argument. You can download it from their site or (to save money) you may download this PDF.
All comments are welcomed.