Caryl Phillips

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Caryl Phillips

Writers and Their Work


September 1st, 2004

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Helen Thomas examines the ways in which Caryl Phillips responds both creatively and critically to the psychological effects of cultural dispersal, racism and economic exploitation in the black Atlantic. Highlighting the continuing negotiations between Britain and its previous colonies, this study demonstrates the ways in which Phillips’s fictional and non-fictional work reformulates contemporary and historical traumatic crises and corresponding agents of survival. Phillips’s work is discussed not only in terms of critical emphasis upon past events, but also in terms of its vision of a more expansive dimension of collective experience.

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Dr Helen Thomas is a Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Exeter

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Half Title 2
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Acknowledgements 7
Biographical Outline 8
Abbreviations and references10
1 Time and the Black Diaspora 14
2 Strange Fruit24
3 A state of Independence 35
4 The European Tribe 41
5 Crossing the river 52
6 The Nature of Blood 67
7 The Atlantic Sound 84
8 Conclusion 96
Notes 98
Select Bibliography106
Index 112