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Louis James

developments in Caribbean culture came from elsewhere. Working in the early morning cool in my office, the rattle of my typewriter echoed that of Brathwaite working in the History Department above, and we became friends. He was working on poems he was to build into his longer work, Rights of Passage (1967), and researching into Jamaican popular culture. 9 When I was

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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Mary Chamberlain

Phillips’, Wasafiri , 26 (1997), pp. 10–17. 2 Susan Craig James, ‘Intertwining roots’, Journal of Caribbean History , 26:2 (1992), pp. 216–28. 3 For a fascinating discussion of the use of Jamaican in popular culture see Carolyn Cooper, Noises in the

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
Daughters of the Empire, mothers in their own homes, 1929–45
Katie Pickles

During the Depression and the Second World War the IODE’s vision for Canada was influenced by Britain’s weakening position in relation to a strengthening Canada. Although the influence of investments and popular culture from the USA was increasing at that time, British immigrants were still valued as superior to those of other races and the IODE promoted its own version of

in Female imperialism and national identity
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Sue Thomas

prose; and wilfully transcending the vulgarities of popular cultures (including their perceived racisms), and the anxieties that have beset his journey to the centre of English culture. Arguably, and I pointedly echo here Naipaul’s representation of Lebrun in ‘On the run’, his artistic resolution is an effort to submerge his racial feelings in the perceived universality of his transcendent and

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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Visions of history, visions of Britain
Stephen Howe

published in 1992 after James’s death, was a pioneering work in many ways; not least in its analysis of ‘popular culture’ – cinema, comic books, radio serials, mass-market fiction – as a key to understanding British society. These were also seminal, turbulent years in James’s personal life. In 1939 in Manchester, he met and fell in love with the eighteen-year old Constance Duckfoot

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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John Marriott

… without God and without hope’. 41 This deep sense of foreboding does not pervade the more racy writings of James Grant. He admits to recent and general moral improvement, but simultaneously claims that among sections of the lower classes there is room for greater still. The chapter on Bartholomew and Greenwich fairs in Sketches in London , for example, concludes with a sustained condemnation of popular

in The other empire
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Crossing the seas
Bill Schwarz

Britain in these years could barely be spotted, both in relation to the formal artefacts of high culture (the regard for Herman Melville, for example) or in the more complex arena of commodifed popular cultures. 52 Every aspect of black America was seized upon: the West Indian Gazette ’s enthusiasm for James Baldwin was symptomatic. Through the 1960s, West Indians in Britain were alive to the cultural

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain