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The Slave Master of Trinidad by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
The Slave Master of Trinidad by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY
The new edition of the novel published by Calaloux Publications RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY by Stephen Nathaniel Cobham [PDF]
The Cudjoe Collection of Trinidad and Tobago Literature With an Introduction by Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe is a professor of Literature at
Wellesley College


Identity and Caribbean Literature
A lecture delivered to the Japanese Black Studies
Association at Nara Women's College, Nara, Japan.


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Decentering Dr. Williams— Denigrating the PNM - Pt 2
September 14, 2021
If V. S. Naipaul was Kirk Meighoo's intellectual guru initially, he later turned to Lloyd Best for intellectual guidance and direction. Since a "half-made society" (a term that Naipaul used disparagingly) is a literary conceit it could not bear the sociological weight that Meighoo thrust upon it. Meighoo argued that Politics in a Half-Made Society (hereafter Politics) was "a slight reworking" of his doctoral dissertation. This led Anton L. Allahar, professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, to write: "I have never seen a doctoral dissertation in the social sciences that was devoid of a theoretical perspective and a clear statement of methodology." (Caribbean Studies, 2005). Full Article

Decentering Dr. Williams; Denigrating the PNM
September 06, 2021
Dr. Kirk Meighoo is one of our better scholars. I have followed his academic progress since he was a student at the University of the West Indies. In his well-researched book Politics in a Half-Made Society (2003), he argued that societies such as T&T "have not yet established enduring, meaningful standards of their own. They are societies still in formation and unmade, without a firm foundation (intellectual, cultural, political, military, and/or economic), and in which solidity is elusive." Although I disagree with his central thesis (taken from the work of Vidia Naipaul whom he calls one of T&T's "great philosophers") I still think his book is a worthwhile read. Full Article

The Passing of the Pointer Man - Pt 3 August 31, 2021
Painting was LeRoy Clarke's true forte, but he was equally adept at poetry. In Parables of Joyless Days, Clarke described himself as "The Poet Who Paints With Words." In 1981, he shocked our sensibilities when he cried: "Carpenter, shoemaker, dancer, wirebender,/ let me be the Artist—Poet—Farmer./ I will fork this earth, with my tongue/ let me plunge into your ear/ through syllables of violet, the science of turquoise, / through populous ochres and energetic reds/ through fathomless greens, through supplicant blue, / through the arterial vegetation of the rainbow" (Douens). Full Article

The Passing of the Pointer Man - Pt 2 August 23, 2021
In the 1950s a modern phase of T&T's artistic development revealed itself in the paintings of M. P. Alladin, Geoffrey and Boscoe Holder, Leo Basso, Alfred Codallo, and Carlisle Chang. In "Painting in Trinidad and Tobago," Pat Bishop declared: "These painters were not merely taking the brave step of painting in black face but were also prepared to participate in the modification or destruction of traditional image making." Full Article

The Passing of the Pointer Man - Pt 1 August 16, 2021
No creative personality writes, paints or sculpts outside of his/her time and place. Necessarily a product of his history and his geography, s/he always tries to cast a light on the perils that confront his people. In so doing, s/he reflects on the truths and failings of humanity as well. LeRoy Clarke, our master-blaster, resided in that elevated region of greatness. He took on the persona “The Eye” to illuminate the perils that confronted his nation. In the words of our Orisha devotees, he was a Seer (he would have said Obeah) man, who strove assiduously to illumine the darkness that enveloped his people.
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Glorious days of the happy and the free August 09, 2021
More apprentices came to Government House on Saturday, August 2, to assert their freedom. There was "a visible increase of insolence in the behaviour of the Negroes. The muster around Government House continued, and His Excellency again attempted to persuade them to return to their work, but his efforts were fruitless. They first laughed at, and then hooted [we would say heckled] him" (PoS Gazette, August 5, 1834). Full Article

Glorious day(s) of the happy and the free August 01, 2021
Today is Emancipation Day. Ashton Ford, one of our respected elders, remembers the impetus that led former prime minister George Chambers to change the Discovery Day holiday (a day that recognised the misdeeds of our oppressors) to Emancipation Day that honours the achievements of our ancestors. Full Article

Honorable Lives / Forgotten Worlds July 26, 2021
Two Fridays ago Brian Lehrer interviewed me on his radio show on WNYC (New York) about Jamaica's most recent petition to Britain for $10.5 billion (US) in reparation for the damage done to our people during slavery. I informed Lehrer that Jamaicans have been battling Spain and Britain for the control of their lives and the product of their labor ever since those two countries enslaved and later colonized their country. Full Article

PNM: Avoiding the Pitfall of Decline July 19, 2021
Two weeks ago South Africa's Constitutional Court sentenced Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court. He refused to appear at a government enquiry committee that was looking into the corruption that took place during his nine-year rule. The party (ANC) began to run the state as though it was just another arm of the party, and therein lay its downfall. Full Article

The danger of verbal violence July 12, 2021
I don't know how the acidic squabble between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition will end, but I know that verbal violence can have as much devastating consequences as physical violence. Full Article

Saying Yes, Sometimes July 05, 2021
The condemnations came fast and furious. U.S. actor Michael B. Jordan, it seems, was farse and outaplace to name his new rum J'Ouvert and equally outatiming to set the label of his product on a box that included "a schematic of the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, plus a written reference to Trinidad and to J'Ouvert as a local celebration of emancipation and carnival" (Newsday, June 21). Full Article

A Luta Continua June 29, 2021
Last week I commended President Joseph Biden for signing into law a bill that made June 19 a national holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It took two and a half years (that is, on June 19, 1865) to notify enslaved African Americans that "all slaves are free" and the 13th Amendment to free them officially on December 6, 1865. Full Article


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