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    DescriptionThe first survey of writings on nineteenth-century Trinidad and Tobago; When V. S. Naipaul received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, the award marked the culmination of a literary tradition that was almost two hundred years in the making. The island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has produced such important writers and thinkers as C. L. R. James, J. J. Thomas, Eric Williams, Oliver Cromwell Cox, Sylvester Williams, George Padmore, Earl Lovelace, Arnold Rampersad, and Merle Hodge. Yet this literary legacy is not well known, particularly with respect to works dating from the nineteenth century. Beyond Boundaries traces the development of the country's literary and intellectual history from the "Narrative of Louisa Calderon" (1803) to Stephen Cobham's Rupert Gray: A Tale of Black and White (1907). Selwyn R. Cudjoe examines a wide range of narratives by and about the people of Trinidad and Tobago, from treatises in the natural sciences, to journals and memoirs, histories, slave narratives, travelers' accounts, poems, stories, novels, theatrical works, and writings in the popular press. Along the way, he discusses such seminal works as Jean Baptiste Philippe's Free Mulatto (1824) and Maxwell Philip's Emmanuel Appadocca (1854), the first indigenous novel. He explores books that shed light on ideological processes, such as J. J. Thomas's The Theory and Practice of Creole Grammar (1869) and Froudacity (1899). He examines how notions of savagery and civilization were deployed in the writings of the dominant class to stymie the growing self-awareness of the colonized. And he traces the rise of racial pride and nationalist sentiments among Indo- and Afro-Trinidadians. Cudjoe demonstrates how Enlightenment concepts, English literature, African philosophy, Hindu theology, Islamic passion plays, and the culture of carnival all contributed to this body of ideas to create a vibrant literature, which in turn helped to shape a national identity.


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    Title
    Beyond Boundaries
    Subtitle
    The Intellectual Tradition of Trinidad and Tobago in the Nineteenth Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Selwyn R. Cudjoe
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 553 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781558493919
    ISBN 10: 1558493913
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    LC classification: PR9272 .C83 2003
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    Publisher
    University of Massachusetts Press
    Imprint name
    University of Massachusetts Press
    Publication date
    01 February 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Massachusetts
    Author Information
    Selwyn R. Cudjoe is professor of Africana studies at Wellesley College and author of Resistance and Caribbean Literature and V. S. Naipaul: A Materialist Reading, among other works.
    Review quote
    "I recommend this book in the strongest possible terms.... Cudjoe provides the sociocultural and political background that explains the powerful intellectual activity in Trinidad and Tobago in the twentieth century." - Antonio Benitez-Rojo, Amherst College