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Beyond WindrushRethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature$
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J. Dillon Brown and Leah Reade Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628464757

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628464757.001.0001

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Between Windrush and Wolfenden: Class Crossings and Queer Desire in Andrew Salkey’s Postwar London

Between Windrush and Wolfenden: Class Crossings and Queer Desire in Andrew Salkey’s Postwar London

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(p.60) Between Windrush and Wolfenden: Class Crossings and Queer Desire in Andrew Salkey’s Postwar London
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Beyond Windrush
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Nadia Ellis

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628464757.003.0004

This chapter engages sexuality and social class in the Windrush migrant male experience. It suggests that Andrew Salkey was – but is rarely now – recognized as a crucial figure of the generation, sidelined, among other reasons for the sexual politics of his writing. The chapter gives an account of his understudied 1960 novel Escape to an Autumn Pavement, showing how, in it, the intersection of class, race, and, above all, sexuality raises issues that interfere with the heroic masculinity characteristic of the heterosexual nationalism purveyed by the more consecrated Windrush novels. In uncovering the ambivalent but powerful queer energies evoked by Salkey’s text, the chapter illustrates how literary accounts of the period have failed to engage with the more complicated, less overtly oppositional emotions expressed in literature portraying the experience of mid-century West Indian migration.

Keywords:   Andrew Salkey, Queer, Sexuality, Migration, Masculinity

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