'What would an Athenian have thought of the day’s play?' C.L.R. James’s early cricket writings for The Manchester Guardian

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Abstract

In April 1933 the young Trinidadian writer C.L.R. James started work alongside the famous critic Neville Cardus as a cricket correspondent for The Manchester Guardian, writing nearly 140 brief reports for the newspaper over the next three seasons. Cardus’s appointment of a newly arrived British colonial subject like James to such a prestigious post remains quite remarkable. James’s job meant he travelled widely for the first time across England reporting on county clashes, and he began to develop his distinctive philosophy on the game. This article offers the first critical excavation of James’s cricket writing in these early years and thereby examines the future author of Beyond a Boundary’s first engagement with “English cricket” as a popular dimension of imperial metropolitan culture. It argues that James’s political radicalization towards militant anti-colonialist and anti-capitalist activism in Britain during this critical period found expression in his cricket writing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-261
JournalJournal of Postcolonial Writing
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2016

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Postcolonial Writing on 20/07/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17449855.2016.1203098

Keywords

  • C.L.R. James
  • Beyond a Boundary
  • cricket
  • the Caribbean
  • Neville Cardus
  • Manchester Guardian

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