Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket

Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket

C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary

  • Author: Featherstone, David; Gair, Christopher; Høgsbjerg, Christian; Smith, Andrew
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Serie: The C. L. R. James Archives
  • ISBN: 9781478001126
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781478002550
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2018
  • Month: October
  • Pages: 304
  • Language: English
Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential sports books of all time, C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary is—among other things—a pioneering study of popular culture, an analysis of resistance to empire and racism, and a personal reflection on the history of colonialism and its effects in the Caribbean. More than fifty years after the publication of James's classic text, the contributors to Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket investigate Beyond a Boundary's production and reception and its implication for debates about sports, gender, aesthetics, race, popular culture, politics, imperialism, and English and Caribbean identity. Including a previously unseen first draft of Beyond a Boundary's conclusion alongside contributions from James's key collaborator Selma James and from Michael Brearley, former captain of the English Test cricket team, Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket provides a thorough and nuanced examination of James's groundbreaking work and its lasting impact.

Contributors. Anima Adjepong, David Austin, Hilary McD. Beckles, Michael Brearley, Selwyn R. Cudjoe, David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Paget Henry, Christian Høgsbjerg, C. L. R. James, Selma James, Roy McCree, Minkah Makalani, Clem Seecharan, Andrew Smith, Neil Washbourne, Claire Westall
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Foreword | Opening Up
  • Introduction | Beyond a Boundary at Fifty
  • Part I: Cricket, Empire, and the Caribbean
    • 1. C. L. R. James: Plumbing His Caribbean Roots
    • 2. C. L. R. James’s “British Civilization”? Exploring the “Dark Unfathomed Caves” of Beyond a Boundary
    • 3. The Boundaries of Publication: The Making of Beyond a Boundary
    • 4. “West Indian Through and Through, and Very British”: C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary, Coloniality, and Theorizing Caribbean Independence
    • 5. Looking Beyond the Boundary, or Bondman without the Bat: Modernism and Culture in the Worldview of C. L. R. James
  • Part II: The Politics of Representation in Beyond a Boundary
    • 6. “Periodically I Pondered over It”: Reading the Absence/Presence of Women in Beyond a Boundary
    • 7. C. L. R. James, W. G. Grace, and the Representative Claim
    • 8. Shannonism: Learie Constantine and the Origins of C. L. R. James’s Worrell Captaincy Campaign of 1959–60: A Preliminary Assessment
  • Part III: Art, History, and Culture in C. L. R. James
    • 9. C. L. R. James and the Arts of Beyond a Boundary: Literary Lessons, Cricketing Aesthetics, and World-Historical Heroes
    • 10. The Very Stuff of Human Life: C. L. R. James on Cricket, History, and Human Nature
    • 11. C. L. R. James: Beyond the Boundaries of Culture
  • Part IV: Reflections
    • 12. Socrates and C. L. R. James
    • 13. My Journey to James: Cricket, Caribbean Identity, and Cricket Writing
    • 14. Confronting Imperial Boundaries
  • Appendix | What Do They Know of England?
  • References
  • Contributors
  • Index
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