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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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He has broken his oath.

The white men stand on the beach and strain their eyes for the last glimpse of his dwindling craft, but they never learn more of his fate. Bob rated it really liked it Oct 15, One such novel is the anonymously published Hamel, the Obeah Manset in early s colonial Jamaica, hmael scene torn by severe racial and political conflict. Hamel, the Obeah Man by Cynric R. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: And about as ugly as trolls.


Hamel, the Obeah man

Liz marked it as to-read Jan 08, I would have expected something Bryan rated it did not like it Mar 28, I would have made Combah king of the island, to revenge myself on the missionaries, and secured to him your daughter, and half-a-dozen more white women, to teach the buckras that black men have as much courage, and power, msn knowledge, and strength, and right, as white ones.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. His nominal heroine is Joanna, a planter’s virgin daughter: Susanna marked it as to-read May 28, Ann-Cathrine Literamour marked it as to-read Oct 20, Michal is at peace with her complete self: Racism and Radicalism in Jamaican Gothic: And the ending is impressive: Feb 10, Olivia Mastin rated it liked it.


By discussing Hamel in relation to the already established tradition of British Gothic, I will show how the novel exploits the tradition to a new end as it engages with the anxieties rampant in colonial Jamaica at this crucial moment in Britain’s consolidation of its Empire. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Like other Jamaican fictions obeahh at the same time, it was written from a viewpoint sympathetic to the plight of the white planters, and is thus, as Edward Kamau Brathwaite puts it, “deeply race conscious and colour prejudiced.

He will go back “to my mother’s country”.

Hamel, the Obeah Man – Cynric R. Williams – Google Books

Fearing that emancipation was not to be stopped, and already facing declining profits from the sugar trade, the white plantocracy in Jamaica seems in turn to have been overcome by a sense of doom, even though many planters continued to speak up for what they felt to be their rights against the perceived interference of the imperial government.

You get some insight into his feelings about the tsunami of moral superiority thundering over the ocean from abolitionist Britain – that rouses him to a near-frenzy. Paperbackpages. The other surprising thing is how deeply the author who was apparently born and raised in England and who ultimately died there loves Jamaica.

Hamel, The Obeah Man. Volume 1

Open Preview See a Problem? I would certainly have expected the author to defend slavery, the status quo, and he does.


I think Jamaican history proved the author wrong there: My discussion takes its starting point in Robert Miles’s work on “the ideological meaning of ‘Gothic'” in the ths however, as I will demonstrate, the notion of the “radical,” consistently His other obvious love is for mixed-race Jamaican women – often stunningly beautiful, and, unlike white women, not vacuum-packed in deadening sexual purity.

Perhaps it’s not even a good read.

Liara Ali rated it did not like it Jun 29, But, but – he makes you feel things from his perspective sometimes. So you’d think he would show the white planters as naturally superior – commanding, handsome, civilised and aloof?

Zehra Kh marked it as to-read Apr 09, This Broadview Edition includes a new foreword by Kamau Brathwaite, as well as a critical introduction and appendices.

On one level it’s an early 19th c. Not a great writer, but a writer with his teeth into a great subject. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

You know he does, because though he never directly rhapsodises about the Jamaican landscape, he can’t stop mentioning it. So he prefers a sort of plantation-based, benevolent feudalism to ruthless industrialisation.

However, electronic complimentary copies are readily available for those professors wishing to consider this title for possible course adoption.

Ashleigh Cairns rated it it was ok Jul 20,


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