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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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“Neither Pathological nor Perfect”: Joyce Gladwell’s Late Autobiographical Challenge to the Windrush Generation

“Neither Pathological nor Perfect”: Joyce Gladwell’s Late Autobiographical Challenge to the Windrush Generation

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(p.97) “Neither Pathological nor Perfect”: Joyce Gladwell’s Late Autobiographical Challenge to the Windrush Generation
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Beyond Windrush
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Donette Francis

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628464757.003.0006

This chapter analyzes Joyce Gladwell’s long-overlooked 1969 autobiography, Brown Face, Big Master, arguing that it is a key postwar Anglophone Caribbean text because it narrates Gladwell’s migration from Jamaica to London in the 1950s and demonstrates that women had significantly different experiences of migration than did their male counterparts, challenging in particular the widely held view that Christianity and respectability were simply means of assimilation. Rather, Francis argues, Gladwell employed Christianity as a productive strategy for understanding and negotiating colonialism, racism, and gender-based discrimination—to illuminate both her experience of discrimination and her own class-based prejudices. Gladwell’s memoir should, Francis argues, be seen as a feminist intervention and be placed in conversation with male novelists of the period as well as with Frantz Fanon’s theorization of race, gender, and colonialism and with Peter Wilson’s argument concerning respectability and gender in the Caribbean.

Keywords:   Christianity, Joyce Gladwell, Autobiography, Respectability, Feminism

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