Indianness and Nationalism in the Windrush Era

Lisa Outar

in Beyond Windrush

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9781628464757
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781628464801 | DOI:
Indianness and Nationalism in the Windrush Era

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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

Chapter.  6025 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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