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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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Indianness and Nationalism in the Windrush Era

Indianness and Nationalism in the Windrush Era

(p.27) Indianness and Nationalism in the Windrush Era
Beyond Windrush

Lisa Outar

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter identifies a palpable strain of doubt about the nationalist credentials of Indo-Caribbean people in the prominent Windrush novels of the period. Discussing novels by George Lamming and Edgar Mittelholzer, the essay first illustrates how, overtly or otherwise, the period’s literary emphasis on a unified national body offered little room for people in the region’s Asian diaspora. It then points to substantial archival evidence from the two major Indo-Trinidadian periodicals of the postwar years–The Observer and The Spectator–to indicate how, far from their portrayal in the period’s novels, Indo-Caribbeans were intricately and earnestly engaged in imagining themselves into Caribbean nationalism while still acknowledging their Indian inheritances.

Keywords:   Indo-Caribbean, Nationalism, India, Indo-Trinidadian periodicals, Diaspora

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