Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
Faculty and Staff: Literatures in English

Prof. Curwen Best


Prof. Curwen Best
Title: Professor of Popular Culture and Literary Studies
Department: LLL
Discipline: Literature
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Qualifications: BA (UWI), MPhil (UWI), PhD (Birmingham)
Contact: Room: X1
Tel.: (246) 417-4416
Fax: (246) 434 0634
Biography: 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.

Popular Culture; Cyberculture; Caribbean Literature and culture.

  • Barbadian Popular Music: and the Politics of Caribbean Culture (1999)
  • Roots to Popular Culture: Barbadian Aesthetics from Kamau Brathwaite to Hardcore Styles (2001)
  • Culture@ the Cutting Edge: Tracking Caribbean Popular Music (2005)
  • The Politics of Caribbean Cyberculture  (2008)
  • Kamau Brathwaite and Christopher Okigbo: Art Politics and the Music of Ritual (2009)

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