'Britain is no longer white': James Baldwin as a witness to postcolonial Britain

Waters, Rob (2013) 'Britain is no longer white': James Baldwin as a witness to postcolonial Britain. African American Review, 46 (4). pp. 715-730. ISSN 1062-4783

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Abstract

Baldwin’s rise to celebrity in the U. S. was mirrored by an equally strong public presence in Britain. In his role as a public interpreter of American race relations, Baldwin took an opportunity to deliver a few home truths to his British hosts. By considering his developing black Atlantic perspective, and re-reading his essay “Stranger in the Village” for the commentary it provides on the effects of decolonization in Europe, Baldwin’s public pronouncements on Britain are interpreted for the means they provided Britain to face the reality that, as he told the Daily Mail in 1965, “Britain is no longer white.”

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Depositing User: Robert Waters
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 08:31
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 06:42
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66547

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