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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Nair, Supriya, 1961-
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1996
|Named Person:||George Lamming; George Lamming; George Lamming|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|Description:||viii, 171 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: George Lamming's "Occasion for Speaking" --
Pt. 1. Voyages. 1. Allegory, Parody, and Alterity in Natives of My Person. 2. Inside the Trojan Horse: England Beseiged in The Emigrants and Water With Berries --
Pt. 2. Intellectuals. 3. Making History in In the Castle of My Skin. 4. Invented Histories: National Revolution in Season of Adventure and Of Age and Innocence --
Conclusion: "We Are a Future They Must Learn"
Caliban's Curse draws upon a range of theories - postcolonial, Marxist, and feminist - to contextualize the black diaspora of the modern Caribbean through one of its primary anglophone novelists. Putting George Lamming in conversation with such contemporaries as C. L. R. James, Derek Walcott, and Wilson Harris, Nair argues that Lamming's works expand the protest of Shakespeare's Caliban to articulate a reinvention of Caribbean cultures. Both cursed by and cursing the weight of colonial history, Lamming works against the paralysis induced by such an encounter; his work serves to rewrite canonical icons and to reimagine popular cultures.
Caliban's Curse also explores related moments of the colonial enterprise - its emergence in sea voyages, its consolidation through ideological education, its postemancipation consequences of renewed migrations, and the continuous struggle for redefinition and revolution - as they appear in the complex narratives and imaginative historical renderings of George Lamming.