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The Legacy of Eric WilliamsInto the Postcolonial Moment$
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Tanya L. "Shields

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462425

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462425.001.0001

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Inward Hunger

Inward Hunger

How Eric Williams Fails Postcolonial History

(p.163) Chapter 8 Inward Hunger
The Legacy of Eric Williams

Grant Farred

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter talks about how Eric Williams’ failure at Chaguaramas, Trinidad, in 1975 marked a “triple failure” because it was at this moment that federalist dreams were destroyed, protonationalist sovereignty was negotiated and compromised, and postcolonial history was unaccounted and silenced. Continuing this critique, the chapter compares elements of Williams’ autobiography, Inward Hunger, with aspects of postcolonial history. This questioning of an autobiography falls within the bounds of postmodern inquiry, where genres blur and understandings of the past shift. The chapter then considers the tensions between Williams as historian-scholar and as “First Citizen,” or “Citizen Maximus,” of an emergent postindependent nation.

Keywords:   Eric Williams, federalism, protonationalist sovereignty, postcolonial history, Inward Hunger, postmodern inquiry, postindependent nation

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