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The Caribbean and Britain

Lawson Welsh, Sarah ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2270-057X (2021) The Caribbean and Britain. In: Cummings, Ronald and Donnell, Alison, (eds.) Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970–2020. Caribbean Literature in Transition, 3 . Cambridge, CUP

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Abstract

Although characterized by generational shifts in terms of articulating cultural affiliations and attachments to both the Caribbean and Britain, Caribbean British writing remains deeply marked by issues of un/belonging. This essay explores this embedded thematic across changing political contexts and reads the transitions in Caribbean British literature that have brought different revisionary perspectives on literary forms and languages, post-Windrush British history and the much deeper historical connections between the Caribbean presence and the UK. As well as contesting racism, these works articulate intersectional identities informed by class, gender and sexuality as it is experienced within and across the UK and the Caribbean. Given that contemporary Caribbean British literature is very much connected with Caribbean literature and that of the larger diaspora, this essay considers the modes of critical attention necessary to engage with its new forms and platforms.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: “This material has been published in Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970–2020 edited by Ronald Cummings and Alison Donnell. This version is free to view and download for personal use only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © CUP.”
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108564274.019
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4369

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