Beyond a Boundary

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Duke University Press, 1983 - Sports & Recreation - 267 pages
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In C. L. R. James's classic Beyond a Boundary, the sport is cricket and the scene is the colonial West Indies. Always eloquent and provocative, James--the "black Plato," (as coined by the London Times)--shows us how, in the rituals of performance and conflict on the field, we are watching not just prowess but politics and psychology at play. Part memoir of a boyhood in a black colony (by one of the founding fathers of African nationalism), part passionate celebration of an unusual and unexpected game, Beyond a Boundary raises, in a warm and witty voice, serious questions about race, class, politics, and the facts of colonial oppression. Originally published in England in 1963 and in the United States twenty years later (Pantheon, 1983), this second American edition brings back into print this prophetic statement on race and sport in society.
 

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

I first learnt of "Beyond a Boundary" when my Marxist politics lecturer recommended it to me. I was just a babe in the woods those days and may have missed some of the more esoteric references to post ... Read full review

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I wanted to like this book, really. Up to a certain point (about the first quarter), I loved it. It's considered a classic in some circles. Cricket is something new to me and that's always interesting ... Read full review

Contents

The Window
3
Against the Current
21
Old Schooltie
39
The Light and the Dark
49
Patient Merit
66
Three Generations
72
The Most Unkindest Cut
82
Prince and Pauper
101
n What Do Men Live By?
151
Prolegomena to W G
159
W G
171
Decline of the West
186
What is Art?
195
The Welfare State of Mind
212
The Proof of the Pudding
225
Lares and Penates
253

Magnanimity in Politics
117
Wherefore Are These Things Hid?
128
Nascitur Non Fit
139

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C. L. R. James (1901 1989), historian, novelist, cultural and political critic and activist, was born in Trinidad. He is the author of numerous books, including his well-known study of the Haitian Revolution, The Black Jacobins (1938).

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