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Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket: C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary
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David Featherstone Christopher Gair
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Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket: C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary

David Featherstone Christopher Gair Christian Hogsbjerg Andrew Smith


Duke University Press

Literary theory;
Literary studies: from c 1900 -;
Politics & government;


304 pages

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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 Hogsbjerg, C. L. R. James, Selma James, Roy McCree, Minkah Makalani, Clem Seecharan, Andrew Smith, Neil Washbourne, Claire Westall

Edited by:   David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Hogsbjerg, Andrew Smith
Imprint:   Duke University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   431g
ISBN:   9781478001478
ISBN 10:   147800147X
Series:   The C. L. R. James Archives
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Foreword. Opening Up / David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Hogsbjerg, and Andrew Smith vii Introduction. Beyond a Boundary at Fifty / David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Hogsbjerg, and Andrew Smith 1 Part I: Cricket, Empire, and the Caribbean 1. C. L. R. James: Plumbing His Caribbean Roots / Selwyn R. Cudjoe 35 2. C. L. R. James's British Civilization ? Exploring the Dark Unfathomed Caves of Beyond a Boundary / Christian Hogsbjerg 51 3. The Boundaries of Publication: The Making of Beyond a Boundary / Roy McCree 72 4. West Indian Through and Through, and Very British : C. L. R. James's Beyond a Boundary, Coloniality, and Theorizing Caribbean Independence / Minkah Makalani 88 5. Looking Beyond the Boundary, or Bondmen without the Bat: Modernism and Culture in the Worldview of C. L. R. James / David Austin 103 Part II. The Politics of Representation in Beyond a Boundary 6. Periodically I Pondered over It : Reading he Absence/Presence of Women in Beyond a Boundary / Anima Adjepong 123 7. C. L. R. James, W. G. Grace, and the Representative Claim / Neil Washbourne 137 8. Shannonism: Learie Constantine and the Origins of C. L. R. James's Worrell Captaincy Campaign of 1959-60: A Preliminary Assessment / Clem Seecharan 153 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 / Claire Westall 173 10. The Very Stuff of Human Life: C. L. R. James on Cricket, History, and Human Nature / Andrew Smith 191 11. C. L. R. James: Beyond the Boundaries of Culture / Paget Henry 204 Part IV: Reflections 12. Socrates and C. L. R. James / Michael Brearley 223 13. My Journey to James: Cricket, Caribbean Identity, and Cricket Writing / Hilary McD. Beckles 240 14. Confronting Imperial Boundaries / Selma James 254 Appendix. What Do They Know of England? / C. L. R. James 263 References 276 Contributors 283 Index

David Featherstone is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow. Christopher Gair is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Christian Hogsbjerg is Lecturer in Critical History and Politics at the University of Brighton. Andrew Smith is Reader in Sociology at the University of Glasgow.

The most outstanding sports book of 2019, to date. . . . What the editors David Featherstone, Chistopher Gair, Christian Hogsberg and Andrew Smith have achieved is truly special mixing James' personal and political lifestory, the context of cricket in the West Indies, the past, present and future of cricket writing. Superb, just the read whilst that old imperial encounter, The Ashes, seeks to nudge the Premier League's off season from the back pages this sporting summer. -- Mark Perryman * Philosophy Football * A fine and comprehensive attempt to reflect on the work of James . . . Represents the fluency of much of James's writing and oratory as a charismatic speaker and public intellectual who sought to place himself at the forefront of public discussion. . . . Many will glean much pleasure and stimulation from a study of this text. -- Russell Holden * Nordic Sports Forum * Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket will likely be most appealing to specialists in British Caribbean cultural studies, and will also contribute to scholarly explorations of sport. Recommended. Researchers, faculty, and professionals. -- B. A. Lucero * Choice * Impressively, the authors are respectful of James' pivotal contribution to the Marxist analysis of sport but also explore aspects of his thought that fall short of a fully comprehensive materialist approach. -- Sean Ledwith * Marx and Philosophy *

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