Una Marson: feminism, anti-colonialism and a forgotten fight for freedom

Alison Donnell

in West Indian Intellectuals in Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719064746
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700426 | DOI:
Una Marson: feminism, anti-colonialism and a forgotten fight for freedom

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This chapter provides a reading of Una Marson's intellectual positions as articulated in her journalism and speeches, and explores to what extent she was able to use her travelling between London and Kingston to reconfigure her political understanding and cultural projects in each location through an understanding of the other. It then sets Marson's work as influential and radical in both a British and a West Indian context, and addresses the ways in which her life in Britain impacted upon her ideas relating to gender politics, cultural identity, nationalism and political organisation. Marson's honesty in registering her own reticence and sense of powerlessness in Britain helps the appreciation of the kinds of subtle and direct oppression that racism generates. Her substantial contribution stems from her awareness of the collocation of African subjects and women within the political matrix of British colonialism.

Keywords: Una Marson; London; Kingston; British colonialism; gender politics; cultural identity; nationalism; political organisation; racism

Chapter.  8178 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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