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The Bahamas have produced quite a number of writers that have portrayed the richness, vitality and diversity of the Bahamas. Bahamian literature deals issues of identity and its conflictive construction throughout the last five centuries. But, Bahamian literature is a relatively new phenomenon. It can be dated around 1965 as an effect of the black rights movement in the United States and the dismantling of the British Empire. These two events that impacted Bahamas‘ society and politics also inspired a literary movement that produced a great number of works in the 1960s and 1970s.
Some literary analysts and critics affirm that there is not a distinguishable style in Bahamian literature. Bahamian literature, especially before the 1980s, was very didactic, directed to
younger generations to remind them of their roots and the values quickly forgotten as they try to be modern. Bahaman writer Robert Elliot Johnson makes it clear in his books that identity can only be gained by looking back at one's roots.
Other Bahamians tend to write about the natural beauty of the island making it the source for national identity.
Finally, other writers brings the influence of the Western and modern world on Bahamas into their works. They tend to take a position in the controversial "North/South Dialogue", or they explore the complex Bahaman reality of being an in-between space between North America and the Caribbean.