Cynric Williams’ Hamel, the Obeah Man () is the first novel written in or about the West Indies to feature an obeah practitioner as. Anonymous, Hamel, the Obeah Man, London: Macmillan, , xxvi, pages. The book Hamel, the. Notes. Abstract: Book description from critical edition from Broadview Press: “Hamel, the Obeah Man is set against the backdrop of early.

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The chief villain, a would-be instigator of a slave revolt, is depicted as a simple monster. And about as ugly as trolls. Open Preview See a Problem?

So you’d think he would show the white planters as naturally superior – commanding, handsome, civilised and aloof?

This Broadview Edition includes a new foreword by Kamau Brathwaite, as well as a critical introduction and appendices. Don’t get me wrong, this book is not up there with ‘Persuasion’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, or ‘Vanity Fair’.

Hamel, the Obeah man

Trivia About Hamel, the Obeah Man. Bob rated it really liked it Oct 15, But, but – he makes you feel things from his perspective sometimes. Diana rated it did not like it Apr 13, Hamel, the Obeah Man. I would have expected something He is pro-colonial; anti-imperialist; pro-slavery;anti-moralbusybodying.

By employing a Gothic script to mediate the fears generated in the white planter class by this situation, the writer of Hamel inscribes his narrative in a body of texts that critics have lately come to identify as “colonial Gothic.


Christine Hwang rated it really liked it Dec 04, James Ketchum marked it as to-read May 26, By the late s, the first wave of Gothic narratives seemed to have all but exhausted the spectacular horrors supposedly found in the ruins of medieval Europe; yet many writers continued to use Gothic tropes and rhetoric in fictions that more directly addressed pressing contemporary anxieties.

So you’d think he would show the white planters This is such an unusual book.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Williams’s Hamel, the Obeah Man. One such novel is the anonymously published Hamel, the Obeah Manset in early s colonial Jamaica, a scene torn by severe oneah and political conflict. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He will go back “to my mother’s country”.

I do think he soft-pedals the amount of violence facing the slaves in their daily lives. This is such an unusual book. Thereafter he is morally stricken. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His other obvious love is for mixed-race Jamaican women – often stunningly beautiful, and, unlike white women, not vacuum-packed in deadening sexual purity.

He has broken his oath. Kimberly Diaram marked it as to-read Sep 19, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer marked it as to-read Oct 07, Brittany Wood rated it really liked it Jul 14, Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities oeah social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Elin rated it liked it Jul 08, Liz rated it really liked it Aug 04, It’s formless, a bit thd, the characters are often stereotypes, the humour dated and the chief villain is just a whipping-boy for the author’s personal rage at moral evangelism.

Racism and Radicalism in Jamaican Gothic: The institution of slavery was still in existence, though increasingly under attack, both from local revolts organized by the enslaved and from the antislavery movement in England. Yaniel marked it as to-read Feb 09, Yasmin marked it haml to-read Oct hamep, His excuse for keeping the status quo seems to be that the alternative social model offered by England is equally bad.

Lists with This Book. His nominal heroine is Joanna, a planter’s virgin daughter:

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