West Indian intellectuals in Britain

Edited by Bill Schwarz

West Indian intellectuals in Britain

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6475-3
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: December 2003
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Social classes, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global), Literature: history & criticism, Relating to Latin / Hispanic American people, Social classes, History
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


The first comprehensive discussion of the major Caribbean thinkers who came to Britain. Written in an accessible, lively style, with a range of wonderful and distinguished authors. Key book for thinking about the future of multicultural Britain; study thus far has concentrated on Caribbean literature and how authors 'write back' to Britain - this book is the first to consider how they 'think back' to Britain. A book of the moment - nothing comparable on the Carribean influence on Britain.. Discusses the influence, amongst others, of C. L. R. James, Una Marson, George Lamming, Jean Rhys, Claude McKay and V. S. Naipaul.


General editor's introduction
Notes on contributors
Introduction. Crossing the seas - Bill Schwarz
1. What is a West Indian? - Catherine Hall
2. 'To do something for the race'. Harold Moody and the League of Coloured Peoples - David Killingray
3. A race outcast from an outcast class. Claude McKay's experience and analysis of Britain - Winston James
4. Jean Rhys: West Indian intellectual - Helen Carr
5. Una Marson: feminism, anti-colonialism and a forgotten fight for freedom - Alison Donnell
6. George Padmore - Bill Schwarz
7. C. L. R. James: visions of history, visions of Britain - Stephen Howe
8. George Lamming - Mary Chamberlain
9. 'This is London calling the West Indies'. The BBC's Caribbean Voices - Glyne Griffith
10. The Caribbean Artists Movement - Louis James
11. V. S. Naipaul - Sue Thomas
Afterword: the predicament of history - Bill Schwarz


Bill Schwarz teaches at Goldsmiths College, University of London

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