Merle Collins (3024 words)


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 …

Citation: Scafe, Suzanne. "Merle Collins". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2020 [, accessed 17 September 2021.]

961 Merle Collins 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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