Brodber, Erna

About Erna Brodber

Dr. Erna Brodber Appointed Writer-in-Residence at UWI.” Jamaica Gleaner, 19 Sept. 2013



Koathes, Stephanie. "Nothing’ s Mat." Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 3-4, 2016

Romdhani, Rebecca. “Patterns of Loving - Erna Brodber, Nothing’s Mat.” sx salon, 21 Feb. 2016

Ben, Dalea. "The World Is a High Hill: Stories about Jamaican Women." Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 1, 2014

Goodin, Patrick. “Erna Brodber. The Rainmaker’s Mistake.“ Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 17, no. 2, 2009



Samuel, Petal. “’Put Your Bucket Down’ – A Conversation with Erna Brodber.” sx salon, 19 Jun. 2015

Smith, Emma. "An Interview with Erna Brodber." Moving Worlds, vol. 7, no. 2, 2007

Abraham, Keshia. “Interview: Erna Brodber (Jamaica).” BOMB, vol. 86, 2004

Ellis Russell, Nadia. "Crossing Borders: An Interview with Writer, Scholar, and Activist Erna Brodber." In The Fray, 7 May 2001



Bone, Martyn. “Workings of the Spirit, Spirit of the Workers: Migration, Labor, and the Extended Caribbean in Erna Brodber’s Louisiana.“ Where the New World Is: Literature about the U.S. South at Global Scales, 2018

Noxolo, Patricia. "Caribbean In/Securities: An Introduction." Small Axe, vol. 22, no. 3, 2018

Sherratt-Bado, Dawn Miranda. "Faith, Secularism and Community in Womanist Literature from the Neocolonial Caribbean." The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates, Ramone (ed.), 2018

McDougall, Russell. "The Revelation of Hurricanes in the Camouflaged Caribbean." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 25, no. 1, 2017

Sairsingh, Marie. “Erna Brodber’s Myal Principle in Afro-Caribbean Literary/Philosophical Discourse." College Language Association, vol. 61, no. 1-2, 2017

Castro, Anne Margaret. “Sounding Out Spirit Thievery in Erna Brodber's Myal.” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 23, no. 1-2, 2015

Hinrichsen, Lisa. Possessing the Past: Trauma, Imagination, and Memory in Post-Plantation Southern Literature, 2015

Omuteche, Jairus. "Case Study: Teaching Two Caribbean Texts in Kenyan Universities." ARIEL, vol. 46, no. 1-2, 2015

Ward, Candace. "'In the Free': The Work of Emancipation in the Anglo-Caribbean Historical Novel." Journal of American Studies, vol. 49, no. 2, 2015

Valovirta, Elina. Sexual Feelings: Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women's Writing Through Affect, 2014

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Beyond Geography, Past Time: Afrofuturism, The Rainmaker's Mistake, and Caribbean Studies." Small Axe, vol. 17, no. 2, 2013

Josephs, Kelly Baker. Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature, 2013

Pinto, Samantha. Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic, 2013

John, Catherine A. “Caribbean Organic Intellectual: The Legacy and Challenge of Erna Brodber's Life Work.” Small Axe, vol. 16, no. 3, 2012

Meriwether, Rae Ann. “The Blues Matrix: Cultural Discourses and Community in Erna Brodber's Louisiana.” Small Axe, vol. 16, no. 3, 2012

O’Callaghan, Evelyn. “Play it Back a Next Way: Teaching Brodber Teaching Us.” Small Axe, vol. 16, no. 3, 2012

Sharpe, Jenny. “When Spirits Talk: Reading Erna Brodber's Louisiana for Affect.” Small Axe, vol. 16, no. 3, 2012

Ashworth, Rebecca. "Writing Gender, Re-writing Nation: [Rhys's] Wide Sargasso Sea, [Kincaid's] Annie John, [Brodber's] Jane and Louise Will Soon Come Home, and Myal." The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Bucknor and Donnell (eds.), 2011

DeLoughrey, Elizabeth M. "Yam, Roots, and Rot: Allegories of the Provision Grounds." Small Axe, vol. 15, no. 1, 2011

MacDonald, Antonia. Erna Brodber: A Poetics of Redemption, 2011

Adams, Michelene. "'The Half Has Never Been Told': Revisioning West Indian History in Myal." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 18, no. 2, 2010

Nixon, Angelique V. “’We Have Something to Teach the World’: Erna Brodber’s Blackspace, Building Community, and Educo-Tourism.” MaComère, vol. 11, 2009

Pollard, Velma. "The Americas in Anglophone Caribbean Women Writers: Bridges of Sound." Changing English, vol. 15, no. 2, 2008

Summers, Deborah Booth. "Pregnant Possibilities: The Boundary-Shattering Transformation of the Caribbean Woman in Brodber's Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home and Harris's The Whole Armour." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 16, no. 1, 2007

Dance, Daryl Cumber. "Who Was Cock Robin? A New Reading of Erna Brodber's Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home." CLA Journal, vol. 50, no.1, 2006

Drake, Simone. "Gendering Diasporic Migration in Erna Brodber's Louisiana." MaComère, vol. 8, 2006

Roberts, June E. Reading Erna Brodber: Uniting the Black Diaspora through Folk Culture and Religion, 2006

Hoenisch, Michael. "Erna Brodber: Postcolonial Constructions of 'The People'." Anglo-American Awareness: Arpeggios in Aesthetics, Hermann-Brennecke and Kindermann (eds.), 2005

Page, Kezia. “’Two Places Can Make Children’: Erna Brodber's Louisiana." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 13, no.1-2, 2005

Puri, Shalini. The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post-Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity, 2004

Darroch, Fiona. "Re-Reading the Religious Bodies of Postcolonial Literature." The Politics of English as a World Language: New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies, Mair (ed.), 2003

Fumagalli, Maria Cristina. "Remembering the Contemporary: Lady Mary Wroth and Erna Brodber." Centre of Remembrance: Memory and Caribbean Women's Literature, Anim-Addo (ed.), 2002

Khair, Tabish. “’Correct(ing) Images from the Inside’: Reading the Limits of Erna Brodber’s Myal.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 37, no. 1, 2002

James, Cynthia. "Gender and Hemispheric Shifts in the Caribbean Narrative in English at the Close of the 20th Century: A Study of Paule Marshall's Daughters and Erna Brodber's Louisiana." Jouvert, vol. 5, no. 3, 2001

Rahming, Melvin B. “Towards a Critical Theory of Spirit: The Insistent Demands of Erna Brodber’s Myal.” Revista/Review Interamericana, vol. 21, no. 1-4, 2001

Saunders, Patricia. "The Project of Becoming for Marlene Nourbese-Philip and Erna Brodber." Bucknell Review, vol. 44, no. 1, 2001

Kortenaar, Neil ten. "Foreign Possessions: Erna Brodber's Myal, the Medium, and Her Message." ARIEL, vol. 30, no. 4, 1999

Maximin, Collette. "Distinction and Dialogism in Jamaica: Myal by Erna Brodber.” Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 21, no. 2, 1999

DeCaires Narain, Denis. "The Body of the Woman in the Body of the Text: The Novels of Erna Brodber." Caribbean Women Writers: Fiction in English, Condé and Lonsdale (eds.), 1999

Puri, Shalini. “An ‘Other’ Realism: Erna Brodber’s ‘Myal’.” ARIEL, vol. 24, no. 3, 1993

Walker-Johnson, Joynce. "Myal: Text and Context." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 5, no. 1-2, 1992

Cooper, Carolyn. "Afro-Jamaican Folk Elements in Brodber's Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home." Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature, Davies and Fido (eds.), 1990




Nothing’s Mat (2014)

The Rainmaker’s Mistake (2007)

Alabaster Baby (2000)

Louisiana (1994)

Myal (1988)

Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980)


Short Story Collections

The World is a High Hill: Stories about Jamaican Women (2012)



Moments of Cooperation and Incorporation - African American and African Jamaican Connections, 1782-1996 (2019)

With Opal Palmer Adisa. "'Caribbean Passion' -The Hypersexual and the Asexual Woman as Reparative Tropes." Sexual Feelings : Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women's Writing Through Affect, Valovirta (ed.), 2014

With Opal Palmer Adisa and Shani Mootoo. "Shadow(ing) Men -Visions of Caring Masculinities." Sexual Feelings : Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women's Writing Through Affect, Valovirta (ed.), 2014

With Oonya Kempadoo. "Reading the Ambivalence of Sexuality in Transition." Sexual Feelings : Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women's Writing Through Affect, Valovirta (ed.), 2014

With Edwidge Danticat and Opal Palmer Adisa. "Ways of Reading Sexual Shame, Violence, and Pain." Sexual Feelings : Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women's Writing Through Affect, Valovirta (ed.), 2014

With Edwidge Danticat, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Shani Mootoo. "Communities That Heal - Reading Sexual Healing." Sexual Feelings : Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women's Writing Through Affect, Valovirta (ed.), 2014

"Oral History and the Other Perspective." Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 59, no. 1, 2013

“Me and My Head-Hurting Fiction.” Small Axe, vol. 16, no. 3, 2012

“History and Social Death.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 58, no. 4, 2012

Woodside, Pear Tree Grove P.O. (2004)

The Second Generation of Freemen in Jamaica, 1907-1944 (2004)

On the History of the African Diaspora from Slavery to the Present Day (2003)

“Beyond the Boundary: Magical Realism in the Jamaican Frame of Reference.” Sisyphus and Eldorado: Magical and Other Realisms in Caribbean Literature, Reiss (ed.), 2002

“After Federation, What?” Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, vol. 11, no. 1, 2001

“Myths are Us Too.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 3-4, 2000

“Guyana's History, Physical Space and Class Consciousness: The Novels of Beryl Gilroy and Grace Nichols.” Arms Akimbo: Africana Women in Contemporary Literature, Liddell and Kemp (eds.), 1999

“Re-engineering Blackspace.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 1/2, 1997

“Fiction in the Scientific Procedure.” Caribbean Women Writers: Essays from the First International Conference, Cudjoe (ed.), 1990

“Afro-Jamaican Women and the Turn of the Century.” Social and Economic Studies, vol. 35, no. 3, 1986

“Black Consciousness and Popular Music in Jamaica in the 1960s and 1970s.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 2, 1985


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Critical Caribbean Feminisms: Erna Brodber and Nicole Dennis-Benn.YouTube, 28 Nov. 2018