Beyond Boundaries

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

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This book brings together leading critics to explore the work of CLR James, the world-famous Caribbean intellectual.

An examination of the wide impact that CLR James has had on contemporary thought -- as a historian, novelist, cultural and political theorist and activist. The authors reinvigorate James's inspiring critical output, with particular reference to the impact he has had on cultural studies.

Examining James' overlap with other theorists, such as Lacan and Gramsci, the book also shows how racial identity and cultural politics are key themes in his work, not to mention his unique writings on cricket.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 12.7mm | 260g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0745323421
  • 9780745323428
  • 1,631,237

Table of contents

Introduction: C.L.R. James and Postnational Studies

Christopher Gair, University of Birmingham

1. James, Genre and Cultural Politics by Nicole King, University of California, San Diego

2. 'Summer of Hummer': C.L.R. James, American Civilization, and the (Necro)Political Crisis by Eric Porter, University of California, Santa Cruz

3. C.L.R. James, Moby-Dick, and the Emergence of Transnational American Studies by Donald E. Pease, Dartmouth College

4. Beyond Boundaries: Cricket, Herman Melville, and C.L.R. James's Cold War by Christopher Gair, University of Birmingham

5. The Odd Couple: C. L. R. James, Hannah Arendt and the Return of Politics in the Cold War by Richard King, University of Nottingham

6. C.L.R. James's American Civilization by Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London

7. C.L.R. James and the Politics of the Subject, Culture and Desire by Anthony Bogues, Brown University

8. C.L.R. James, Critical Humanist by Brian Alleyne, Goldsmiths College, London

Notes on contributors

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About Christopher Gair

Christopher Gair is a lecturer in the Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham. He is the co-editor of Moving Beyond Boundaries 1: International Dimensions of Black Women's Writing (Pluto, 2006) and author of The American Counterculture (Edinburgh University Press, 2006).
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