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For more than half a century, C. L. R. James (1901?1989)?"the Black Plato," as coined by the London Times?has been an internationally renowned revolutionary thinker, writer, and activist. Born in Trinidad, his lifelong work was devoted to understanding and transforming race and class exploitation in his native West Indies, as well as in Britain and the United States. In C. L. R. James's Caribbean, noted scholars examine the roots of both James's life and oeuvre in connection ...
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Overview

For more than half a century, C. L. R. James (1901–1989)—"the Black Plato," as coined by the London Times—has been an internationally renowned revolutionary thinker, writer, and activist. Born in Trinidad, his lifelong work was devoted to understanding and transforming race and class exploitation in his native West Indies, as well as in Britain and the United States. In C. L. R. James's Caribbean, noted scholars examine the roots of both James's life and oeuvre in connection with the economic, social, and political environment of the West Indies.

Drawing upon James's observations of his own life as revealed to interviewers and close friends, this volume provides an examination of James's childhood and early years as colonial literatteur and his massive contribution to West Indian political-cultural understanding. Moving beyond previous biographical interpretations, the contributors here take up the problem of reading James's texts in light of poststructuralist criticism, the implications of his texts for Marxist discourse, and for problems of Caribbean development.

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Editorial Reviews

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"These penetrating studies throw much-needed light both on C. L. R. James and the Caribbean worlds about which he cared so much. . . . Required reading for all who would like to understand James's varied work."—David Barry Gaspar, author of Bondmen and Rebels

"This volume is a provocative and powerful introduction to the political and literary writings of C. L. R. James, one of the twentieth century's greatest intellectuals of the left. This creative collection explores new dimensions of James's thought and is essential reading for those interested in the black intellectual tradition of the Caribbean in literature, politics, and history."—Manning Marable, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822382386
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 632 KB

Meet the Author

Paget Henry, a native of Antigua, is Associate Professor of Sociology and Afro-American Studies at Brown University. His books include Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua.

Paul Buhle is the author of C. L. R. James: His Life and Work.

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Table of Contents


Contents

Preface


PART I
Portraits and Self-Portraits

1
C. L. R. James: A Portrait


Hall
Stuart




2
C. L. R. James on the Caribbean: Three Letters


James
C. L. R.




3
C. L. R. James: West Indian George Lamming interviewed by Paul Buhle



PART II
The Early Trinidadian Years

4
The Audacity of It All: C. L. R. James's Trinidadian Background


Cudjoe
Selwyn




5
The Making of a Literary Life C. L. R. James interviewed by Paul Buhle



PART III
Textual Explorations

6
Beyond the Categories of the Master Conception: The Counterdoctrine of the Jamesian Poiesis


Wynter
Sylvia




7
Cricket and National Culture in the Writings of C. L. R. James


Lazarus
Neil




8
Caliban as Deconstructionist: C. L. R. James and in Post-Colonial Discourse


Henry
Paget


Buhle
Paul





PART IV
Praxis

9
C. L. R. James and the Caribbean Economic Tradition


Henry
Paget




10
C. L. R. James and Trinidadian Nationalism


Lai
Walton Look




11
The Question of the Canon: C. L. R. James and Modern Politics


Worcester
Kent




12
C. L. R. James and the Antiguan Left


Henry
Paget





Appendix:
Excerpts from The Life of Captain Cipriani


Chronology


Glossary


Index

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