Merle Collins is best known as a Caribbean writer whose work bears witness to the short-lived but transformative events of the Grenadian Revolution (1979-1983). As well as depicting this period of historical change, her novels, poetry and non-fiction are characterised by their detailed and highly figurative representations of slavery, emancipation, colonialism and resistance. Both her novels also include representations of the ongoing struggle for land-ownership in Grenada and the Caribbean. Poems such as “Shame Bush”, in her poetry collection Lady in a Boat (2003), register her profound unease with the erasure from Grenadian history and social memory of both the difficult period immediately prior to the revolutionary government of Maurice Bishop and the four years of Bishop’s…

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Citation: Scafe, Suzanne. "Merle Collins". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2020 [, accessed 06 December 2023.]

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