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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature


Prof. Curwen Best - Graduate Coordinator

Prof. Curwen Best - Graduate Coordinator

Professor, Popular Culture and Literary Studies

Department: LLL


Curwen Best did his undergraduate degree and MPhil at UWI, Cave Hill before going on to the University of Birmingham to read for his PhD. He joined the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in the mid-1990s as Assistant Lecturer. He pioneered the teaching of Popular Culture at Cave Hill while also conducting frontier research on facets of Caribbean and Western culture. The findings of this research are contained in his major publications. He is currently Professor of Popular Culture and Literary Studies.


PhD, Birmingham

MPhil, UWI


Research Areas

Popular Culture; Cyberculture; Caribbean Literature and culture.

Select Publications

Kamau Brathwaite and Christopher Okigbo: Art Politics and the Music of Ritual (2009)

The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture  (2008)

Culture@ the Cutting Edge: Tracking Caribbean Popular Music (2005)

Roots to Popular Culture: Barbadian Aesthetics from Kamau Brathwaite to Hardcore Styles (2001)

Barbadian Popular Music: and the Politics of Caribbean Culture (1999)

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