Beyond Boundaries: C.L.R. James and Postnational Studies

Beyond Boundaries: C.L.R. James and Postnational Studies

By: Christopher Gair (editor)Paperback

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This book brings together leading critics to explore the work of CLR James, the world-famous Caribbean intellectual. It's an exciting and innovative examination of the wide impact that CLR James has had on contemporary thought -- as a historian, novelist, cultural and political theorist and activist. The contributors reinvigorate James's inspiring critical output, with particular reference to the impact he has had on cultural studies. Invaluable for students of post-colonial studies, the book examines points where James crosses with other theorists, such as Lacan and Gramsci. Racial identity and cultural politics are key themes in his work, not to mention his unique writings on cricket. Contributors including Donald E Pease, Nicole King, Christopher Gair and Anthony Bogues illuminate the key themes in James's writing, and put forward the idea that the breath of James's thinking can be identified as the beginning of 'post-national' studies.

About Author

Christopher Gair is a lecturer in the Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham. He is the author of Complicity and Resistance in Jack London's Novels (Edwin Mullen Press, 1997), of The American Counterculture (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press, 2006), and of numerous essays on American literature and culture. He is the editor of the journal Symbiosis.


Introduction: C.L.R. James and Postnational Studies Christopher Gair, University of Birmingham 1. James, Genre and Cultural Politics Nicole King, University of California, San Diego 2. 'Summer of Hummer': C.L.R. James, American Civilization, and the (Necro)Political Crisis Eric Porter, University of California, Santa Cruz 3. C.L.R. James, Moby-Dick, and the Emergence of Transnational American Studies Donald E. Pease, Dartmouth College 4. Beyond Boundaries: Cricket, Herman Melville, and C.L.R. James's Cold War Christopher Gair, University of Birmingham 5. The Odd Couple: C. L. R. James, Hannah Arendt and the Return of Politics in the Cold War Richard King, University of Nottingham 6. C.L.R. James's American Civilization Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London 7. C.L.R. James and the Politics of the Subject, Culture and Desire Anthony Bogues, Brown University 8. C.L.R. James, Critical Humanist Brian Alleyne, Goldsmiths College, London Notes on contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780745323428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780745323428
  • ISBN10: 0745323421

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