The Caribbean
Oral Tradition

About this website

My name is Eric Doumerc and I teach English at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, in Toulouse, south-western France.
My research interests are mainly Caribbean poetry in English and Caribbean musical forms.
I’ve edited two poetry anthologies: Five Birmingham Poets, an anthology of poems by black poets from the West Midlands which was published in 2006 by Raka Books, the late Roi Kwabena’s publishing imprint, and Celebrate Wha’ : Ten Black British Poets from the Midlands (Middelesbrough : Smokestack Books, 2011), an anthology which I co-edited with the poet Roy McFarlane.

Dub poetry has always been one of my main research interests or obsessions and in 2017 I edited a collection of interviews with various dub poets: Dub Poets in Their Own Words (APS Publications, 2017), This is to date the only book of its kind as it attempts to let dub poets tell their own story while keeping the “academic filter”, so to speak, to a minimum.

More recently, APS Publications brought out Jamaican Music in England From the 1960s to the 1990s (2018), which was an attempt at applying a “cultural studies” approach to the history of Jamaican music in England, and The Life and Times of Joseph Hill and Culture, an annotated discography of the 1970s harmony trio Culture. Both of these books contain close readings of reggae lyrics. Basically, I tried to apply the tools of literary analysis to these lyrics.

The page entitled “Reviews”contains reviews of poetry collections that orginally appeared in Miranda, the online journal of the English Department of the University of Toulouse -Jean Jaurès.