Migrant Modernism by J. Dillon Brown

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In Migrant Modernism, J. Dillon Brown examines the intersection
between British literary modernism and the foundational West Indian novels that emerged in London
after World War II. By emphasizing the location in which anglophone Caribbean writers such as George
Lamming, V. S. Naipaul, and Samuel Selvon produced and published their work, Brown reveals a dynamic
convergence between modernism and postcolonial literature that has often been ignored. Modernist
techniques not only provided a way for these writers to mark their difference from the aggressively
English, literalist aesthetic that dominated postwar literature in London but also served as a
self-critical medium through which to treat themes of nationalism, cultural inheritance, and
identity.

 

About J. Dillon Brown

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J. Dillon Brown is Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.
 
Published April 29, 2013 by University of Virginia Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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