C.L.R. James: A Critical Introduction
University Press of Mississippi, 1997 - 199 pages
This study of C. L. R. James's writings is the first to look at them as literature and not as theory. This sustained analysis of his major published works places them in the context of his less well-known writings and offers an encompassing critique of one of the African diaspora's most significant thinkers and writers.
Here the author of Black Jacobins, World Revolution, A History of Pan-African Revolt, , Beyond a Boundary, and the lyric novel Minty Alley is seen not only as among the great political philosophers but also as the literary artist that he remained, from his first writings in his native Trinidad through his underground years in America, to his final essays and speeches in London.
The writings of James have inspired revolutionaries on three continents. They have altered the course of historiography, shown that way toward independent black political struggles, and established a base for much of today's study of culture. This study evaluates them as powerful works of literature.
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... movement to have been . His whole conception is that the abolitionist movement was predominantly white , and Negroes joined it " ( RM 196 ) . Aptheker , like some historians who followed in his wake , is able to think of the ...
... movement is an instinctive step towards independence and away from the perpetual control of Europeans " ( NR 38 ) . Still , with the increasing industrialization of the colonies and the growth of urban areas , James sees African ...
... movement , not organization or direction by external forces . ( b ) Self - movement springs from and is the overcoming of antago- nisms within an organism , not the struggle against external foes . ( c ) It is not the world of nature ...
SPHERES Of Existence WHAT MAISie Knew
AT THE RENDEZVOUS OF VICTORY
THE FUTURE IN THE PRESENT
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