C.L.R. James: his intellectual legacies by Selwyn R. Cudjoe

By Selwyn R. Cudjoe

C.L.R. James (1901-1989) made vital contributions in a bunch of fields―literature, feedback, cultural stories, political thought, historical past, and philosophy. probably the most astute minds of this century, he served as mentor for 2 generations of overseas intellectuals. He contributed significantly to their figuring out of the colonial query, the Negro query, the Russian query, the position of dialectics in proletarian fight, and the idea and perform of Marxism within the Americas. as well as The Black Jacobins, his incisive account of the Haitian revolution of the 1790s, and Notes on Dialectics, James released quite a number different books, together with a vintage paintings at the online game of cricket and a research of Herman Melville.

This choice of essays bargains numerous clean views on James's lifestyles and writings. integrated are memories of these who knew James good and important essays by way of eminent students. The publication is the 1st to provide an entire remedy of James's many contributions to twentieth-century highbrow existence.

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21. R. James Reader (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992), for a good selection of James's literary essays. 22. Constance Webb Pearlstien to Selwyn R. Cudjoe, 25 March 1991. 23. Constance Webb Pearlstien to Selwyn R. Cudjoe, 4 June 1992. 24. James, Mariners, Renegades and Castaways, 10. 25. R. James and the Politics of Trinidad and Tobago, 19651970. 26. For a pertinent discussion of the theoretical issues that this point raises, see Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Eric Williams and the Politics of Language, in Eric Williams Speaks, ed.

27 But the Page 16 game of cricket possesses a number of moral ambivalences and ambiguities. Thus, although James, a committed Marxist, remained devoted to the aristocratic game of cricket and its imperialist underpinnings, it is the culture of civility embedded within the game and its inherently schizophrenic nature that explain its paradoxical hold on James and that make it possible for him to retain his hold on and to privilege this profoundly colonialist practice. As James said in Beyond a Boundary: Cricket had plunged me into politics long before I was aware of it.

James, 1953), 194. 15. Although James married Constance Webb in 1946, the marriage was not recognized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service because he was not divorced from Juanita Young, whom he had married in Trinidad in 1929. In 1948 he married Webb a second time. 16. Letter to Lyman and Freddy Paine, 27 February 1965. 17. James makes many references to such collaboration and to the contributions of Grace Lee and Raya Dunayevskaya. See his letters to Lyman and Freddy Paine, 3 January 1962, and to Constance Webb.

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