Caryl Phillips and the absent voices of history

Abigail Ward

in Caryl Phillips, David Dabydeen and Fred D'Aguiar

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082757
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703250 | DOI:
Caryl Phillips and the absent voices of history

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This chapter takes a look at Phillips, who was concerned with twentieth-century Britain and the ways belonging has been made difficult for non-white citizens. It discusses several of Phillips' works, and it traces the origins of the UK's unwelcoming attitude towards blacks entering the country, as well as the related anxieties surrounding national identity.

Keywords: twentieth-century Britain; non-white citizens; belonging; national identity; attitude; blacks

Chapter.  20761 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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