Extended deadline for the call for papers: we still have spaces on two panels to cover Selvon’s neglected texts and his legacy and influence in Caribbean and black British writing. New deadline: 30th May 2011.
250-words abstracts are still invited for papers on the following topics:
− Readings of Selvon's less famous works, including his radio plays and short stories, and the novels An Island Is a World and I Hear Thunder
− Readings situating Selvon in his generation of writers or exploring his legacy in contemporary writing
Samuel Selvon is one of the Caribbean's most widely-read, popular and influential novelists, one whose works have, as early as their first publication, been granted classic status. While the author's significance is undeniable, historically Selvon's oeuvre has been read primarily to seek its insight into creolization in post-war Trinidad and the lived experience of the Windrush generation, or its replication of the tropes and techniques of calypso. Selvon's work, though, has much more to offer than this. While expressing a strong, Caribbean-centred cultural identity, his writing demonstrates a perceptiveness that extends beyond its immediate context.
Beyond Calypso will explore the full richness of Selvon's work and its echoes in Caribbean writing. In advance of the sixtieth anniversary of Selvon's first novel, A Brighter Sun, in 2012, this one-day event will draw together new perspectives on the author in order to celebrate his contribution to Caribbean, British and postcolonial literatures.
Malachi McIntosh, University of Warwick
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