Trinidadian Racial politics and Africa in V.S. Naipaul's A Way in The World

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Author Nash, Geoffrey en_US
Available date 2009-11-25T13:08:09Z en_US
Publication Date 1997 en_US
Citation Bulletin of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1997, No. 20, Pages 7-17. en_US
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10576/8054 en_US
Abstract A major strand in Naipaul's writings is the unravelment of the relations between the two main racial communities of Trinidad: the Afro-Caribbean and the East Indian. Not the least important factor in this is Naipaul's own membership of the smaller Indian community, about which he writes almost exclusively in his early novels and short stories set in Trinidad, the chief example being the acclaimed, A House for Mr Biswas. While later writings appear to have Africa as their main concern, relations between Indians and Africans continue to feature throughout Naipaul's work. Even where he is writing about the Black power movement in the Caribbean, the cult of Africanism in dictatorships like Mobuto's Zaire, or relations between Africans and Europeans in East Africa, the Indian community is either represented on the margins, through someone like Salim in A Bend in the River, or through the detached narrator, Naipaul himself, in, In a Free State. By means of these agents, Africa is continually undermined, and behind this subversion is the metalanguage of Trinidadian racial politics.
Language en en_US
Publisher Qatar University en_US
Subject History en_US
Title Trinidadian Racial politics and Africa in V.S. Naipaul's A Way in The World en_US
Type Article en_US
Pagination 7-17 en_US
Issue Number 20 en_US


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