Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History and Culture

The 1948 Castries Fire: A Brief History on Disaster and Rebuilding in Colonial St. Lucia with Milt Moise

November 02, 2022 Episode 45
Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History and Culture
The 1948 Castries Fire: A Brief History on Disaster and Rebuilding in Colonial St. Lucia with Milt Moise
Show Notes

One of the most defining events of the last century in St. Lucia is the Great Fire of Castries Fire, which destroyed most of the island's capital on June 19, 1948.  In this episode, Milt Moise joins us to discuss the events of the fire, its impact in rebuilding St. Lucia's infrastructure, and its social and creative legacies as a the subject of one of the nation's most revered poems.

Milt Moise is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. His current project examines the uses of absence in contemporary American bipolar fiction. His research interests include consciousness in literature, film and television, prestige TV aesthetics, self-referentiality, Caribbean and Postcolonial literature, and trauma narratives. He is the co-founder of the Television Reading Group at the University of Florida. Follow Milt on Twitter and Letterboxd.

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