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ENGL5105M
Secondary Reading List: Caribbean and black British Writing

Caribbean and Black British Writing, 2017/18, Semester 2
Professor John McLeod
j.m.mcleod@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Selected General Reading

Edward Baugh, Critics on Caribbean literature (Allen, 1978).

Antonio Benitez Rojo, The repeating island : the Caribbean and the postmodern perspective , trans. James Maraniss (Duke University Press, 1992).

Frank Birbalsingh, Passion & exile : essays on Caribbean literature (Hansib, 1988).

_______ (ed.), Frontiers of Caribbean literature in English (Macmillan, 1996).

Laurence A. Breiner, An introduction to West Indian poetry (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

J. Dillon Brown, Migrant modernism : postwar London and the West Indian novel (University of Virginia Press, 2013).

Lorna Burns, Contemporary Caribbean writing and Deleuze : literature between postcolonialism and post-continental philosophy (Continuum, 2012), pp. 29-40.

Maggie Butcher (ed.), Tibisiri : Caribbean writers and critics (Dangaroo, 1989).

Selwyn R. Cudjoe (ed.) Caribbean women writers : essays from the first international conference (Calloux, 1990).

David Dabydeen & Nana Wilson-Tagoe, A Reader's Guide to West Indian and Black British Literature (Dangaroo, 1987).

Mary Condé and Thorunn Lonsdale (eds.), Caribbean women writers : fiction in English (Macmillan, 1997).

Daryl Cumber Dance, New world Adams : conversations with contemporary West Indian writers (Peepal Tree, 1992).

Carole Boyce Davies (ed.), Out of the Kumbla : Caribbean women and literature (Africa World Press, 1990).

______, Black women, writing and identity : migrations of the subject (Routledge, 1995).

Alison Donnell & Sarah Lawson Welsh, The Routledge reader in Caribbean literature (Routledge, 1996).

Alison Donnell, Twentieth-century Caribbean literature : critical moments in Anglophone literary history (Routledge, 2006).

Peter Fryer, Staying power : the history of black people in Britain (Pluto, 1984).

Paul Gilroy, Small acts : thoughts on the politics of black cultures (Serpent's Tale, 1993).

Stuart Hall, ‘Cultural Identity and Diaspora’ in Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory , ed. Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman (Harvester, 1993), pp.392- 403.

Louis James, Caribbean literature in English (Longman, 1999).

Bruce King, The new English literatures : cultural nationalism in a changing world , (Macmillan, 1980). Chapters 6 & 7.

______, West Indian literature (2nd edition), (Macmillan, 1995).

George Lamming, The pleasures of exile (Michael Joseph, 1960).

Susheila Nasta (ed.), Motherlands: Black Women's Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia (Women's Press, 1991).

______, Writing across worlds : contemporary writers talk (Routledge, 2004).

Mary Condé and Thorunn Lonsdale (eds), Caribbean women writers : fiction in English (Macmillan, 1998).

Kwesi Owusu (ed.), Black British culture and society : a text-reader (Routledge, 2000).

James Procter (ed.), Writing black Britain, 1948-1998 : an interdisciplinary anthology (MUP, 2000).

______, Dwelling places : postwar black British writing (Manchester University Press, 2003).

Shalini Puri, The Caribbean postcolonial : social equality, post-nationalism, and cultural hybridity (Palgrave, 2004).

Kenneth Ramchand, An introduction to the study of West Indian literature , (Nelson, 1976).

Mark Stein, Black British literature : novels of transformation (Ohio State, 2004).

Silvio Torres-Saillant, Caribbean poetics : toward an aesthetic of West Indian literature (Cambridge, 1997)

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Selected Reading of Primary Texts

George Lamming, In the castle of my skin

Edward Baugh, ‘Cuckoo and Culture: In the Castle of My Skin ’, Ariel. , 8 (3), 1977, pp.23-33.

J. Dillon Brown, Migrant modernism : postwar London and the West Indian novel (University of Virginia Press, 2013), ch. 3.

Mary Chamberlain, ‘George Lamming’ in Bill Schwartz (ed.), West Indian intellectuals in Britain (Manchester University Press, 2003), pp.175-195.

Daryl Cumber Dance, Interview with Lamming in New world Adams : conversations with contemporary West Indian writers (cited above).

Mary Donnelly, 'Mother Country, Father Country: In the Castle of My Skin and Oedipal Structures of Colonialism', Ariel. , 26 (4), 1995, pp. 7-20.

Viney Kirpal, 'George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin : A Modern West Indian Novel', Ariel. , 28 (2), 1997, pp.103-114.

Neil Ten Kortenaar, 'George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin : Finding Promise in the Land', Ariel. 22(1), 1991, pp.43-53.

George Lamming, 'The Occasion for Speaking' in The pleasures of exile , (Michael Joseph, 1960). Edited highlights are reproduced in Ashcroft, Griffiths & Tiffin (eds.), The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (Routledge, 1995) and Donnell & Welsh (eds.), The Routledge reader in Caribbean literature (Routledge, 1996).

______, ‘Colonialism and the Caribbean Novel’ in Postcolonial discourses : an anthology , ed. Gregory Castle (Blackwell, 2001), pp. 271-279.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o, 'George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin' and 'George Lamming and the Colonial Situation' in Homecoming: Essays on African and Caribbean Literature, Culture and Politics (Heinemann, 1972).

Sandra Pouchet Paquet, The novels of George Lamming , (Heinemann, 1982).

Caryl Phillips, Interview with George Lamming in Susheila Nasta, Writing across worlds : contemporary writers talk (Routledge, 2004).

Kenneth Ramchand, An introduction to the study of West Indian literature , (Nelson, 1976). Chapter 4 on Castle .

K.T. Sunitha, 'The Theme of Children in In the Castle of My Skin and Swami and Friends ', World literature written in English. , 22 (2), 1987, pp. 291-296.

Craig Tapping, 'Children and History in the Caribbean Novel: George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin and Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John ', Kunapipi. , 11 (2), 1989, pp.51-59.

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

J. Dillon Brown, Migrant modernism : postwar London and the West Indian novel (University of Virginia Press, 2013), ch. 4.

Ashley Dawson, Mongrel nation : diasporic culture and the making of postcolonial Britain (University of Michigan Press, 2007).

Daryl Cumber Dance, Interview with Selvon in New world Adams : conversations with contemporary West Indian writers .

Bruce King, 'Moses and the Queen's English: Dialect and Voice in Samuel Selvon's London Novels', World literature written in English. , 21 (2), 1982, pp.385- 392.

George Lamming, ‘ The coldest spring in fifty years : thoughts on Sam Sevlon and London ’, Kunapipi. , 20 (1), 1998, pp.4-10. Available in EBL High Demand - Article L0299.

Mark Looker, Atlantic passages : history, community, and language in the fiction of Sam Selvon (Peter Lang, 1996).

John McLeod, Postcolonial London : rewriting the metropolis (Routledge, 2004).

Susheila Nasta (ed.), Critical perspectives on Sam Selvon (Three Continents, 1988).

Susheila Nasta & Anna Rutherford (eds.), Tiger's triumph : celebrating Sam Selvon (Dangaroo, 1995).

Susheila Nasta, Home truths : fictions about the South Asian diaspora in Britain (Palgrave, 2002).

Susheila Nasta, Interview with Sam Selvon in Susheila Nasta, Writing across worlds : contemporary writers talk (Routledge, 2004).

James Procter, Dwelling places : postwar black British writing (Manchester University Press, 2003).

Kenneth Ramchand, 'Song of Innocence, Song of Experience: Samuel Selvon's The Lonely Londoners as a Literary Work', World literature written in English. , 21(3), pp.644-654.

Sam Selvon, Foreday morning : selected prose 1946-1986 (Longman, 1989).

Clement H. Wyke, Sam Selvon's dialectical style and fictional strategy (British Columbia, 1991).

[ . . . see also the special edition of Ariel. on Selvon's life and work: 27 (2), 1996.]

V.S. Naipaul, The mimic men

Anthony Boxhill, V.S. Naipaul's fiction : in quest of The enemy (York, 1983).

Vivek Dhareshwar, 'Self-fashioning, Colonial Habitus and Double Exclusion" V.S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men ', Criticism : a quarterly for literature and the arts. , 31 (1), 1989, pp.75-102. [Available from me]

Mustafa Fawzia, V.S. Naipaul (CUP, 1995).

Patrick French, The world is what it is : the authorized biography of V.S. Naipaul (Picador, 2008).

Michael Gorra, 'Naipaul or Rushdie', Southern review. , 76 (3), 1991, pp.375-389. [Available from me]

_________, After Empire : Scott, Naipaul, Rushdie (Chicago, 1997).

Suman Gupta, V.S. Naipaul (Northcote House, 1999).

Robert Hamner (ed.), Critical perspectives on V.S. Naipaul (Heinemann, 1979).

Peter Hughes, V.S. Naipaul (Routledge, 1988).

Feroza Jussawalla, Conversations with V.S. Naipaul (University Press of Mississippi, 1997).

Shashi Kamra, The Novels of V.S. Naipaul: A Study in Theme and Form (Prestige, 1990)

Bruce King, V.S. Naipaul (Macmillan, 1993).

V.S. Naipaul, ' The overcrowded barracoon and other articles (Deutsch, 1972).

Peggy Nightingale, Journey through darkness : the writing of V.S. Naipaul (Queensland, 1987) pp.71-83.

Alistair Niven, Interview with V. S. Naipaul in Susheila Nasta, Writing across worlds : contemporary writers talk (Routledge, 2004).

Rob Nixon, London calling : V.S. Naipaul, postcolonial mandarin (OUP, 1992)

John Thieme, The web of tradition : uses of allusion in V.S. Naipaul's fiction. (Dangaroo/Hansib, 1987).

Sue Thomas, ‘V. S. Naipaul’ in Bill Schwartz (ed.), West Indian intellectuals in Britain (Manchester University Press, 2003), pp. 228-247.

Landeg White, V. S. Naipaul : a critical introduction (Macmillan, 1975).

... I can also thoroughly recommend Paul Theroux’s controversial memoir Sir Vidia's shadow : a friendship across five continents (Hamish Hamilton, 1998).

Derek Walcott, Selected Poetry

June Bobb, Beating a restless drum : the poetics of Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott (Africa World Press, 1998).

Stewart Brown (ed.), The art of Derek Walcott (Seren, 1991).

Robert D. Hamner (ed.), Critical perspectives on Derek Walcott (Three Continents, 1993).

_______, Derek Walcott , updated edition (Twayne, 1993).

Bruce King, Derek Walcott : a Caribbean life (Oxford, 2000)—this is the controversial but thoroughly informative biography of Walcott.

John Thieme, Derek Walcott (Manchester University Press, 1999).

Ned Thomas, Derek Walcott, poet of the islands (Cardiff, 1980).

Michael Parker & Roger Starkey (eds), Postcolonial literatures : Achebe, Ngugi, Desai, Walcott , Walcott (Macmillan, 1995).

Derek Walcott, What the twilight says : essays (Faber, 1999).

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tings an times : selected poems

Ashley Dawson, ‘Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Dub Poetry and the Political Aesthetics of Carnival in Britain’, Small axe. , 21, 2006, pp. 54-69 – highly recommended, and available online at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/small_axe/v011/11.1dawson.pdf

Ashley Dawson, Mongrel nation : diasporic culture and the making of postcolonial Britain (University of Michigan Press, 2007).

David Ellis, Writing home : black writing in Britain since the War (Ibidem, 2007).

Christian Habekost, Verbal riddim : the politics and aesthetics of African-Caribbean dub poetry (Rodopi, 1993).

Linton Kwesi Johnson in conversation with John La Rose in Changing Britannia : life experience with Britain , ed. by Roxy Harris and Sarah White (New Beacon, 1999), pp. 51-79.

John McLeod, Postcolonial London : rewriting the metropolis (Routledge 2004).

Bruce Woodcock, “I’ll show you something to make you change your mind”: Post-Colonial Translations of the Streets of London’, Kunapipi. XXI (2), 1999, pp. 57-65.

[See also the relevant historical sections in James Procter (ed.), Writing black Britain, 1948-1998 : an interdisciplinary anthology (MUP, 2000).]

Caryl Phillips, Crossing the river

Benedict Ledent, Caryl Phillips (Manchester University Press, 2002)

_______ (ed.), ‘Familial and Other Conversations: Special Issue on Caryl Phillips’, Moving Worlds : Familial & other conversations : special issue on Caryl Phillips , 7 (1), 2007.

Lars Ekstein, Re-membering the Black Atlantic : on the poetics and politics of literary memory (Rodopi, 2006).

Maya Jaggi, Interview with Caryl Phillips in Susheila Nasta, Writing across worlds : contemporary writers talk (Routledge, 2004).

Helen Thomas, Caryl Phillips (Northcote House, 2006).

Abigail Ward, Caryl Phillips, David Dabydeen and Fred D'Aguiar : representations of slavery (Manchester University Press, 2011).

[**A full bibliography of Phillips’s publications, interviews, critical articles etc. can be found on the internet at: http://www.ulg.ac.be/facphl/uer/d-german/L3/cppres.html . See also Phillips’s website at http://www.carylphillips.com for useful biographical information.]

Andrea Levy, Small island

Sarah Brophy, 'Entangled Genealogies: White Feminity on the Threshold of Change in Andrea Levy's Small Island', Contemporary women's writing , 4 (2), 2010, pp. 100-113.

Anouk Lang, '"Enthralling but at the same time disturbing": Challenging the Readers of Small Island', The journal of Commonwealth literature. , 44 (2), 2009, pp. 142-140.

John McLeod, 'Postcolonial Fictions of Adoption', The critical survey. , 18 (2), 2006, pp. 45-55.

Sofio Munoz-Valdivieso, 'Metaphors of Belonging in Andrea Levy's Small Island ' in Metaphor and diaspora in contemporary writing [electronic resource] , ed. Jonathan P. Snell (Palgrave, 2012), pp. 99-116.

Michael Pefect, '"Fold the paper and pass it on": Historical Silences and the Contrapuntal in Andrea Levy's Fiction', Journal of postcolonial writing. , 46 (1), 2010.

Edwidge Danticat, The dew breaker

Jo Collins, 'The Ethics and Aesthetics of Representing Trauma: The Textual Politics of Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker ', Journal of postcolonial writing. , 47 (1), 2011.

Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, 'Home is Where the Heart Is: Danticat's Landscapes of Return', Small axe. , 12 (3 27), 2008.

Lawrence Scott, Aelred's sin

Lee Easton and Kelly Hewson, 'Returning to Repair: Resolving Dilemmas of the Postcolonial Queer in Lawrence Scott's Aelred's Sin ', Ariel , 35 (3-4), 2004, pp. 81-97.

Zoran Pecic, Queer narratives of the Caribbean diaspora : exploring tactics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Kei Miller, The cartographer tries to map a way to Zion

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This list was last updated on 17/01/2017