Extravagant Strangers: A Literature of Belonging

Extravagant Strangers: A Literature of Belonging

by Caryl Phillips
     
 

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Shakespeare called Othello "an extravagant and wheeling strangers/Of here and every where."  In this exciting anthology, Caryl Phillips has collected writings by thirty-nine extravagant strangers: British writers who were born outside of Britain and see it with clear and critical eyes.  These eloquent and incisive voices prove that English literature, far…  See more details below

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Shakespeare called Othello "an extravagant and wheeling strangers/Of here and every where."  In this exciting anthology, Caryl Phillips has collected writings by thirty-nine extravagant strangers: British writers who were born outside of Britain and see it with clear and critical eyes.  These eloquent and incisive voices prove that English literature, far from being pure or homogenous, has in fact been shaped and influenced by outsiders for over two hundred years.

Here are slave writers, such as Ignatius Sancho, an eighteenth-century African who became a friend to Samuel Jonson and Laurence Sterne; writers born in the colonies, such as Thackeray, Kipling, and Orwell; "subject writers," such as C.L.R. James and V.S. Naipaul, foreign émigrés, such as Joseph Conrad and Kazuo Ishiguro; and postcolonial observers of the British scene, such as Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, and Anita Desai.  With this eloquent and often inspiring collection, Phillips proves, if proof be needed, that the greatest literature is often born out of irreconcilable tensions between a writer and his or her society.

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Anderson Tepper
Extravagant Strangers is a fascinating, riveting collection reflecting a heterogeneous nation and its diverse sensibilities, often forged in conflict. . . the writing sure is good. -- Time Out New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307484505
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/2010
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

   Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts, West Indies.  Brought up in England, he has written for television, radio, theater, and cinema.  He is the author of one book of nonfiction, The European Tribe, and six novels, The Final Passage, A State of Independence, Higher Ground, Cambridge, Crossing the River, and The Nature of Blood. His awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a James Tait Black Memorial Prize.  He divides his time between London and New York.

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